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Somalian supermodel and CFDA winner Iman, in a strapless fishtail Giambattista Valli gown, with her husband, rocker David Bowie

Fashion model, actress and entrepreneur, IMAN was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Fashion Icon Award on June 7 at Lincoln Center. To celebrate the honor, Simon Doonan, creative director of BARNEY’S New York installed a window display tribute to IMAN. The windows feature a Bruce Weber portrait of the fashion icon, quotes about her from artists and style personalities, photographs and collages. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Iman is the daughter of Marian and Mohamed Abdulmajid, a former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia. She is a supermodel and a muse for many fashion designers, an occasional actress, and an entrepreneur. She is active in several charities. Married to British musician, David Bowie, Iman and her family reside primarily in Manhattan and London.

Fashion, designers and celebs gathered for The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s yearly gala, which hands out top design honors. Somalian supermodel Iman, who attended with her rock star husband David Bowie, received the Fashion Icon accolade from her friend, actress Isabella Rossellini. Iman is the first woman of color to receive the award, which will be presented to her on June 7.

During the 54-year-old’s acceptance speech, Iman joked to her famous spouse: ‘Move over, you’re not the only icon in the house.’

In recognition of Iman’s honor, Barneys New York Creative Director Simon Doonan made a one-of-kind window installation that celebrates Iman’s 14-year run as a high-fashion model through a collage of images and quotations from luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Valentino, and Anna Wintour. All were asked to complete the phrase “Iman is . . . “
The window installation will run for three weeks, so if you’re in the New York area, head to Barneys’ Madison Avenue location to take in all the glamour and elegance that defines Iman.


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