One of the biggest awards functions are the annual CFDA/Council of Fashion Design America fashion awards. The annual event recognises the pioneering contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision and lifetime achievement. Here is the list of 2012 winners announced at the ceremony held on 4 July 2012 in NYC
Accessory Designer of the Year: Reed Krakoff
Swarovski Awards for Accessory Design: Tabitha Simmons
International Award: Rei Kawakubo– Commes des Garcons
Media Award: Scott Schuman & Garance Doré
Founders Award: Andrew Rosen
Fashion Icon Award: Johnny Depp, actor
The CFDA membership consists of more than 400 leading fashion designers. Membership is by invitation only, and is open to Americans designing in the United States or abroad or international designers whose businesses are based primarily in the United States.