Few will argue with the fact that one of the most iconic CFDA Awards moments in history was when Rihanna stepped on the 2014 red carpet in a glistening floor-length naked dress designed by Adam Selman. If the singer-turned-designer hadn’t already secured her place as a fashion icon, as her CFDA Award that night stated, she ultimately became one right at that moment. But do you remember the sweet, silky, prom-like navy gown Rihanna wore to the same event almost 10 years before? How about the avant-garde minidress that Victoria Beckham sported in 2008? Well, let us take you on a trip down memory lane.
In honor of tonight’s exciting event, we went searching for the earliest CFDA Award appearances from some of the most respected fashion personalities today. In other words, we tracked down what Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncè, and the Hadid sisters all opted to wear the first time they honored American fashion designers in a formal setting. We went more than 20 years back in the archives, and we know the results are bound to spark some '90s and '00s nostalgia.
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While this was technically not the first CFDA Awards for Christy (she also attended in 1993), we appreciate that Kate buddied up in a coordinating minidress, jacket, and black sheer tights for her first time.
Once again the LBD proves its enduring appeal.
It's been a while since we've seen such a practical handbag at such a formal event, but, hey, it was the '90s.
How a perennial cool girl does the statement belt.
As Beyoncè famously mentioned in her CFDA Style Icon Award acceptance speech last year, this gold dress was (yet another) special creation by her mother Tina Knowles-Larson.
The singer-turned-actress has made a few CFDA Awards appearances, but she really hit it out of the park her first time out in this elegance, black, paneled gown.
Before there was the naked dress to end all other naked dresses, there was this.
Way before anyone knew who Olivia Pope was, Kerry wore this sweet, empire-waist Micheal Kors creation to one of the biggest fashion events of the year.
We're not sure if we're more obsessed with Mary-Kate's cummerbund belt or Ashley's full-length tuxedo jacket, both from 10 years ago.
Victoria Beckham attended the CFDAs the same year she launched her eponymous, and now fan-favorite, line.
A peplum waist, stacks of bangles, and ruffled heels—Olivia Palermo's first CFDA Awards look reminds us of so many trends we loved eight years ago.
A playful bow-detailed dress (by Marc Jacobs) and Mary Janes feels like signature Alexa Chung.
Karlie kept the accessories simple with this bright-red Jason Wu design.
The Hadid sisters made their CFDA Awards debut the same year, naturally.
Shop for you own special formal occasion, and then stay tuned for Who What Wear's coverage of the CFDA Awards tonight!