If moodboard goals was a person, Dapper dan would definitely be at the top of the list when it comes to trendsetting and everything about disrupting an Industry.
The CFDA released their annual list of nominees and honorees for the 2021 Awards ceremony and on the list Dapper Dan is selected to receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at this years event. The honoring marks a monumental moment in history as Dapper Dan will be the first designer honored without having ever stage a “classic” Runway Show in addition to being the FIRST black designer to be honored with the award. Learning of the news, he took to Instagram to share his thoughts stating, “Isn’t it ironic how the fashion world says that Dapper Dan won the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, without ever having a runway show? The streets of Harlem have been my runway for 35 years. Isn’t that where the major luxury brands got their inspiration from? Maybe logo-mania is an illusion. Thank you Harlem, I love you!”
Dapper Dan has been a trailblazer for the community dated to the 80’s where his funky cool style set the tone for the black upper echelon in the street of Harlem, New York. Taking nothing but a keen eye for innovation and style to new heights creating some of the most iconic pieces from everybody who’s somebody from the streets of New York, to the era’s most prominent Entertainers, and even to the Olympics.
The 2021 CFDA Awards will be held on November 10th at The Pool Room in New York City.