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Though designers' creations often steal the spotlight on the red carpet, the men and women behind the fabulous frocks usually remain behind the scenes. But the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which announced the nominees for its awards last night, gives everyone from runway giants to costume designers the opportunity to shine with its annual honors. (Think of it as the Oscars of the fashion world!)
"The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate American design talent and the influence our industry has across the globe," CFDA CEO Steven Colb said in a statement. "This year's nominees and honorees represent the best and most creative talent of the past year as determined by a guild of their peers."
So, who's worthy of being crowned the best according to the council? Well-known designers like Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang picked up nominations for the womenswear category, while Thom Browne, who generated a lot of buzz back in January when Michelle Obama wore his designs during the inauguration, received a nod in the menswear field.