The 25 Most Memorable CFDA Fashion Awards Looks of All Time

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards was put on hold. Set to take place today, this year’s celebration would’ve included the usual mix of fashion-minded folk. And they would’ve all been decked out in designer goods designed to make a statement.

Often taking a back seat to “bigger” fashion events like the Met Gala and the Oscars, the CFDA Fashion Awards is responsible for some of the industry’s most memorable red carpet moments. Who can forget Rihanna’s sparkly and sheer Adam Selman outfit? Gigi Hadid’s vivid Versace getup years later was also a standout. Then there was Ashley Olsen’s surprisingly colorful dress from the 2009 season. Basically, the awards show is always worth checking out.

Sadly, most of us weren’t privy to its early years since it wasn’t really heralded as something to watch until recently. So many missed out on some truly epic looks courtesy of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Hurley, Renée Zellweger and others. But we’re about to rectify that.

In an effort to give it the respect it deserves, we’re looking back at the best looks from the CFDA Fashion Awards. Whether you enjoy 80s excess, 90s glamour or sleek styles from the early 2000s, you’ll find something to fawn over.