On Monday night, menswear designer Billy Reid took home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize -- $300,000 to go toward building his business, a yearlong mentorship with a fashion industry professional and an award made by artist Rachel Feinstein. But just who is Billy Reid?
The New York Times writes he is:
Someone who grew up in the small Louisiana town of Amite, later studying at the Art Institute of Dallas and working as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue before introducing his own line in 2004. He now works out of a studio in Florence, Ala. (He also has a shop on Bond Street, in Manhattan, as well as a few other cities.) As he said on stage, tightly grasping the Feinstein sculpture, "It's a long way from Amite."
We rounded up some images from Billy's Spring 2011 presentation during New York Fashion Week last September. Check out images of his designs and of his family who came to support him -- his wife Jeanne and we're guessing his mom, T.J.