Joseph Altuzarra CFDA win, Donna Karan, DVF and more: PHOTOS

Joseph Altuzarra won this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, but it was Carine Roitfeld who catapulted his career. From famous friends to editorial spreads, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, and more reveal the moment they knew they'd made it.

Joseph Altuzarra won this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, but it was Carine Roitfeld, not Anna Wintour, who catapulted his career. From famous friends to editorial spreads, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, and more reveal the moment they knew they'd made it. 

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Joseph Altuzarra

Two years before pocketing the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund $300,000 prize last week, Paris-born Altuzarra found a fairy godmother in former French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld. Months after he debuted his first collection, Roitfeld selected a wool/cashmere coat by the designer with mink tails as her Paris Fashion Week uniform. "She has always been very supportive," Altuzarra's rep tells The Daily Beast. "She's also a great source of inspiration for him."

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Diane von Furstenberg

With her inimitable bone structure and trademark wrap dress, it's no surprise that von Furstenberg counts the 1976 cover of Newsweek among her greatest triumphs. "I knew they were doing a story but had no idea they would put me on the cover," she tells The Daily Beast. "It was supposed to be Gerald Ford, who had just won his first Republican Presidential primary…it certainly never occurred to me I would be chosen over the president! That cover changed everything. Suddenly people knew who I was. It is one of my fondest memories."

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The Row

When Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen launched The Row in 2007, they merely set out to create the perfect t-shirt. Five years later, the sisters oversee a range of ready-to-wear and accessories beloved by celebs and trustafarians alike. Regardless of career benchmarks—which include a 2009 induction to the CFDA—the brand's big break came in the form of an unlikely cover. "The first editorial thing we ever saw, which was amazing, was Lauren Hutton on the cover of Forbes, on a motorcycle, in the leather legging," Ashley revealed to Net-A-Porter. "That was very cool and I think that's still my favorite cover to this day."

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Donna Karan

By now she’s practically synonymous with New York fashion, but it wasn't until 1985 that Donna Karan understood the power of her own name. Indicating a 1985 cover of Women's Wear Daily as the moment she'll never forget, longtime DKNY publicist Patti Cohn tells The Daily Beast that the recognition "changed everything." The year also marked Karan's decision to leave her design post at Anne Klein in order to launch an eponymous collection. "I wanted items to put on as I felt like it," she told the Washington Post of what she perceived as a void in the marketplace. "I wanted items with quality and the feel of luxury."

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Prabal Gurung

Though he recently told People that fans Sarah Jessica Parker and Amanda Seyfried inspire him, it's Demi Moore with whom he credits his entrée into the world of celebrity dressing – and social media. "Demi Moore wore a look from my first collection to a fragrance launch in Paris," he tells The Daily Beast. "There was no red carpet so she had her manager take her picture so that she could tweet it. It was at that moment I saw the powers of Twitter take effect. The responses were so motivating."

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Gareth Pugh

Former Dazed & Confused creative director and current Thierry Mugler (andLady Gaga visionary) Nicola Formichetti featured pieces from Gareth Pugh's Central St. Martins graduate collection on the magazine's April 2004 cover. "It’s an amazing shot — really, really iconic," Katie Shillingford, Senior Fashion Editor told New York of her pal's inaugural success.

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3.1 Phillip Lim

After a pal fronted him some cash in 2004, Lim, who told The New York Times, "If you can’t find it, why not make it?," immediately garnered support from young Hollywood. "It all happened so fast it feels like a blur now," he tells The Daily Beast, highlighting a February 2008 Kate Bosworth feature in American Vogue as his game-changer. "It was like we had hit two home runs in a row!," he gushes. "Vogue and Kate Bosworth!"

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Zuhair Murad

The Lebanese designer, best known for handmade gowns, opened his first atelier in the early 1990's. Twenty years later, a go-to for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift, the designer credits one famous face in particular with starting the revolution. "People were crying," he told New York magazine of Miley Cyrus' scalloped 2009 Academy Awards gown. "Many, many, many celebrities at the same time start wearing my clothes," he says, "but the biggest occasion, the first one, was Miley Cyrus."

Costello Tagliapietra

"The first project we worked on together was to create pieces for Madonna's "Bedtime Story" video," Jeffrey Costello and Robert Taglapietra divulge of the moment their collaboration clicked. A year later, the design duo showed their eponymous collection during New York Fashion Week, but not before receiving some editing from Anna Wintour. "The second big break for us was the page and a half in the March 2004 issue of Vogue," they reveal. "At the time, we did not know what to name it and called it Jeffrey Costello Robert Tagliapietra, which thankfully, [she] shortened to Costello Tagliapietra. We couldn't have had a better method to naming our label!"

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Rag & Bone

Designers Marcus Wainwright, left, and David Neville tout a double coup (of the Angelina Jolie in Vogue variety) as the first time their wares reached must-have status. "It was the first item we had a waiting list for," Wainwright tells The Daily Beast of the waxy trench coat Jolie wears in a January 2007 editorial alongside beau Brad Pitt. "Apparently Brad flew his own plane in with the motorbike on the back and drove up to the set," Neville says before adding, "I don’t know if that’s true though."

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Cushnie et Ochs

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs may have lost the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund to Joseph Altuzarra, but the Parsons grads have won over a slew of celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde, and Liya Kebede. One A-lister in particular, however, got the party started: "The first celebrity credit that made us jump up and down was Jessica Alba at the American Music Awards in November 2010," the designers confess to The Daily Beast. "She looked amazing!"