ESSENCE.com celebrates the creativity of the talented designers nominated for the Council of Fashion Designer of America (CDFA) 2009 Awards taking place tonight in New York City. The CDFA is recognized for developing America’s top fashion forward thinkers. Check out this year’s crop of nominee’s and the celebrities who covet them.
Swarovski Award for Womenswear Nominee
First Lady Michelle Obama’s influence on fashion has been tremendous. Mrs. Obama has worn each of the nominees in this category, catapulting them to uncharted fame and spotlight. Model Jordan Dunn, pictured here, rips the runway at Thakoon’s fall 2009 show.