Few people have reached the decades-long career that Diane Von Fürstenberg has maintained in fashion. From selling a record number of wrap dresses to raising 0 million for the Statue of Liberty Museum to her constant support of female leadership, the designer was rightfully awarded the prestigious Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur by Christine Lagarde, a former French minister and first female president of the European Central Bank, on Friday evening. The accolade places Von Fürstenberg among an elite few designers to receive high honors from a governing body. The ceremony was hosted at France’s Ministry of Foreign affairs in Paris with high-profile attendees including Seth Myers, Jeff Bezos, Christian Louboutin, Delphine Arnault, and Natalia Vodianova.
Von Fürstenberg received a plethora of praise from her counterparts in the fashion and luxury world. Lagarde commented on the designer’s involvement in women’s rights and participation in the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation. Antoine Arnault, head of communications and image at luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, stated, “she is a very active and creative person, both intelligent and well-intentioned, so I think this honor is more than merited.” Fashion icon Betty Catroux recalled the pair’s life-long friendship, and Von Fürstenberg’s poise as an incredible role model.
Upon receiving the award, the designer stated: “I want to thank Lady Liberty, the symbol of friendship between France and America. I want to salute what the Statue of Liberty represents: freedom and hope. We need to remember that it was initially named ‘Liberty Enlightening The World,’ and God knows we need it today.”END
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