CFDA’s 2021 Fashion Awards Nominees and Honorees

The list of nominees includes the likes of Telfar Clemens, Miuccia Prada, and Marc Jacobs.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has announced a bevy of awards and honors featuring some of the fashion industry’s biggest names and buzzed about talents. The event is scheduled for November 10 in New York City and will mark the council’s first in-person award ceremony since last year’s cancellation. Chairman of the CFDA, Tom Ford, has compiled an impressive list of media figures, international labels, and rising brands for the prestigious awards that strive to honor excellence in all sectors of the industry.

First-time nominees include Maisie Schloss for Maisie Willen, Edvin Thompson for Theophilio, Kenneth Nicholson, Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God, Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL, and Jameel Mohammed for KHIRY. Not only honoring rising talents, the awards include a who’s who of American fashion with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Telfar Clemens, Gabriela Hearst, Christopher John Rogers, Peter Do, and Thom Browne all nominated in various categories. 

Image courtesy of Getty Images
Image courtesy of Getty Images

Names like Demna Gvasalia, Daniel Lee, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Grace Wales Bonner, Miuccia Prada, and Pierpaolo Piccoli have also been selected as nominees for various international awards. Coinciding with the impressive list of brands and creatives, the council is set to honor American designer and cultural icon Dapper Dan with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. See the full list of nominees and honorees of the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards below. 

The Founder’s Award in honor of Eleanor Lambert:

Aurora James for the 15 Percent Pledge 

The Environmental Sustainability Award:


The Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard:

Nina Garcia

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award:

Dapper Dan

The Board of Directors’ Tribute:

Yeohlee Teng

American Womenswear Designer of the Year:

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Christopher John Rogers

Gabriela Hearst

Marc Jacobs

Peter Do

American Menswear Designer of the Year:

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Jerry Lorenzo for Fear of God

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Thom Browne

American Accessories Designer of the Year:

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Aurora James for Brother Vellies

Gabriela Hearst

Stuart Vevers for Coach

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

American Emerging Designer of the Year:

Edvin Thompson for Theophilio

Eli Russell Linnetz for ERL

Jameel Mohammed for Khiry

Kenneth Nicholson

Maisie Schloss for Maisie Wilen

International Women’s Designer of the Year:

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons for Prada

Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino

Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus

International Men’s Designer of the Year: 

Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta

Dries Van Noten

Grace Wales Bonner for Wales Bonner

Rick Owens

Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton

Discover More