Lady Gaga plays to the cameras on the purple carpet of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards on June 6, before picking up the group's "Fashion Icon" prize. Even before she made it big, "it was all of you that made me feel like I was a star," she told the assembled designers -- including Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, and Betsey Johnson -- in her acceptance speech. (which appears to be written on her hand?)
See highlights from Lady Gaga's night -- plus the other well-dressed stars at the show.
To view the full gallery on LIFE.com click here: CFDA Awards 2011: Gaga for Fashion