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Madonna: NOT a CFDA Fashion Icon (Yet)

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Madonna at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Madonna at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party

The AVENUEinsider loves us some Lady Gaga and her hyped-out appearance at last night’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards to receive her “Fashion Icon” trophy certainly made the style parade the biggest spectacle it’s ever been. Talk about good P.R.


But while Gaga’s costumes are creative and deliciously crazy-sauce, we are a bit perplexed why a 25-year-old newcomer is already a “fashion icon” (and does anyone – girl or drag queen – actually dress like Gaga?) and Madonna, the indisputable queen of pop, has never won the Fashion Icon Award which has been doled out deservedly to Iman, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss and the late, great C.Z. Guest. Madonna has influenced the fashion world not only on the street (hello? rubber bracelets? rosary beads? bustiers?) but she has also helped make designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Dolce and Gabbana household names. And now her Material Girl collection is practically the only reason young girls shop at Macy’s.


I tweeted about the Madonna CFDA oversight and Steven Kolb, the handsome, smart Executive Director of the CFDA tweeted back at me: “but does she want it” followed by numerous question marks. In 1984, at the start of her career, Madonna told Dick Clark on “American Bandstand” that she wanted to “rule the world.” So my guess is that she definitely wants (and deserves) a CFDA Fashion Icon Award (followed by numerous exclamation points).


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