That Time Diddy Won the Prestigious CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award for Sean John


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The 2015 CFDA Awards is currently taking place in New York City. The event is one of the most talked about, highly-anticipated events of the year—at least in the fashion industry. The awards are some of the most prestigious trophies to be earned in the field. Over the years, big name designers and celebrities, including Rihanna who was at the center of the attention last year (she brought home the Fashion Icon of the Year award and came through in a see-through dress that left very little to the imagination) have taken home prizes. 

But let's take it back to 2004, when P. Diddy/Sean Combs/Diddy/Puff Daddy was named the Menswear Designer of the Year for his work at Sean John, beating out seasoned vets Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors


Diddy received four CFDA nominations before finally bagging the award he'd wanted for years (he danced his way up to the stage, according to CBS). 

You could argue that there were other menswear designers worthy of the award, but Diddy was hardly the Iggy Azalea in this category. Sean John made the velour tracksuit popular, and it's still one of the best rapper clothing lines to have ever existed

Here's footage of Diddy accepting his award:


Salute Diddy, rapper/producer/actor/mogul/designer/national hero who couldn't care for $1 bills. 


The CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award has since been given to John Varvatos (2005), Thom Browne (2006 and 2013), Ralph Lauren (2007), Tom Ford (2008), Scott Sternberg for Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein (2009), Marcus Wainright and David Neville for Rag & Bone (2010), Michael Bastian (2011), Billy Reid (2012), and Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School (2014). 

This year's nominees include Tom Ford, Tim Coppens, Thom Browne, Osborne and Chow, and Wainright and Neville. Stay tuned to see who'll take home the award. 

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