Fantasia Belts It Out at Fashion Oscars

Fantasia Belts It Out at Fashion Oscars
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06/04/2004 03:00PM

American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino should be dressed to kill Monday night, when she performs before some 400 designers, editors, retailers and guests, including honoree Sarah Jessica Parker, at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.

The event – considered the fashion industry's Oscars – will be held at the New York Public Library, with the strong-lunged 19-year-old singing sensation from Highpoint, N.C., belting out a song "selected especially" for the evening, according to a CFDA statement.

Fantasia's first single, "I Believe," is due to be released June 22 on J Records. It will feature two other songs she performed during the Idol competition: George and Ira Gershwin's "Summertime" and the Aretha Franklin 's standard, "Chain of Fools."

Besides Parker, who will receive the fashion icon award, this year's CFDA honorees are: Donna Karan (lifetime achievement award), Irving Penn (Eleanor Lambert Award, named for the legendary though recently deceased fashion publicist), Teri Agins (Eugenia Sheppard Award, named for the fashion columnist), Tom Ford (a board of directors' special tribute) and Miuccia Prada (the international award).

According to the Associated Press, nominees for women's wear designer of the year are Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Rucci. Kors, Sean Combs for Sean John and Ralph Lauren are nominated for men's wear designer of the year.

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