Diane von Furstenberg has been bestowed with France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.
The Belgium-born designer was presented with the order of merit by the President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, at an official ceremony held at the offices of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris last week.
Von Furstenberg was selected for the honour in recognition of her work in supporting women’s organisations around the world, such as Vital Voices, and for raising funds for the new Statue of Liberty Museum in New York City.
In her acceptance speech, the 73-year-old noted that she was thrilled to be receiving the medal.
“I am accepting this Legion D’Honneur with pride and humility, knowing that recognition and honour give us a voice,” she smiled. “And when we have a voice, it is our duty and privilege to use that voice for those who have no voice. My heart is filled with gratitude.”
Von Furstenberg then went on to praise Lagarde.
“To receive this honour from you, is as much an honour as the honour itself,” the fashion icon insisted.
Elsewhere, Lagarde made a point of commenting on the continuing power of Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress, which was first unveiled in 1974.
“Your wrap dress beautifies women’s bodies without either restricting them or burdening them with too much sophistication,” she added.
Guests in attendance at the ceremony included Von Furstenberg’s children, grandchildren, and famous friends, such as Christian Louboutin, Jeff Bezos, Natalia Vodianova, and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Previous Legion d’Honneur recipients from the fashion community include Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and American designer Vera Wang.
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