After months of lead-up, celeb photo-shoot, and high-profile receptions, the winner of this year’s CDFA/Vogue Fashion has finally been found: Telfar! The New York brand is an underground icon, established in 2005 by designer Telfar Clemens who reigns from New York’s Queens borough. Telfar is known for his intellectual approach to utilitarian style of clothing, spun with a certain post-gender sensibility and radical politics. As a stable of New York’s downtown scene, he has become a favorite among NYC’s art world, particularly with his parties and shows that often take place in outlets of fast food chain White Castle. The prestigious grant includes mentoring from a top industry person of choice as well a $400,000 cash prize, and will without a doubt catapult the designer into a market of fans and audience of whole new dimensions. Launched in 2003 to cultivate the next generation of emerging American design talent, past winners include Alexander Wang, Derek Lam and Public School. Clemens received the award by the foundation’s chairperson Diane Von Furstenberg Monday night, the latter of which reflected on this year’s line-up: “Diversity is very important. This year I’m proud to say our group of finalists is the most diverse it’s ever been since we started 14 years ago.” Telfar, meanwhile, took this moment to thank the many friends and family “for being down,” he said. “I know it’s been a hard, long road but that’s what pioneers do. This is coming back to Queens.” Congratulations to Telfar, who we look forward to following in the near future.
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