While Beyoncé may have been a fashion icon in our eyes since, well, the beginning of time, the Lemonade singer now has a gong to prove it. At last night’s CFDA ceremony – the Oscars of fashion – Beyoncé took home the most prestigious prize up for grabs, the ‘Fashion Icon’ award. Beyoncé, on a quick break from her Formation tour, turned up late to the ceremony much to the surprise of the fashion glitterati in attendance.
Living up to her new title in a glittering Givenchy get-up, the bespoke crystal pinstripe tuxedo was designed by Riccardo Tisci especially for Beyoncé’s big night.
And it wasn’t a solo appearance. The whole Beyoncé clan we’re in attendance including Jay Z, her mother, Tina Knowles and the always-adorable Blue Ivy.
While her outfit definitely caused heads to turn, it was Beyoncé’s speech that got everyone talking. In the emotional address Beyonce spoke of the impact fashion on her life, and the huge influence her mum has had on her career.
“When we were starting out with Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses or couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But she used her talent, her creativity to give her children their dreams,” Beyoncé told the crowd.
She even managed to sneak a Game of Thrones reference into her speech, much to the audience’s joy. “When I wore these clothes on stage, I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”
She wrapped up her speech by praising the designers working in the industry, and reminded them of the power and influence they have. “I encourage you to not forget this power you have or to take it lightly,” Beyoncé said.
“We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see.”
All hail Queen B!