I was beyond flattered when I heard that I was unanimously selected be the recipient of the 2010 CFDA Fashion Icon Award–but I was even more flattered when Barneys New York decided to decorate two of their Madison Avenue-facing windows in my honor! Barneys Creative Director Simon Doonan has spent years dressing the windows of this fab store, and its been a delight to see his creation. His “Iman” installations are both ironic and iconic at the same time. If you don’t live in New York and haven’t yet seen the windows, let me walk you through them. One is covered with a collage of photographs of me that have been shot over the past thirty years–and in the center are the letters of my name, each one sprouting its own crazy coif!
When Simon was asked about this, he said, “In all fashion pictures of Iman, she’s invariably wearing some sort of wig or an incredible hairdo of fluorescent colors. People have often made her into a lioness; this is window is about transformation.”