Diane von Furstenberg bestowed with Legion d’Honneur

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 t…

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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Diane von Furstenberg ‘totally surprised’ by Legion d’Honneur

Diane von Furstenberg is “totally surprised” to be receiving the prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.The iconic fashion designer will be given the French order of merit at an official ceremony in Paris, France on 28 February.Von Furstenberg was selected…

Diane von Furstenberg is “totally surprised” to be receiving the prestigious Legion d’Honneur prize.

The iconic fashion designer will be given the French order of merit at an official ceremony in Paris, France on 28 February.

Von Furstenberg was selected for the honour in recognition of her work in supporting women’s organisations around the world and for raising funds for the new Statue of Liberty Museum in New York City.

“I was totally surprised when I received the letter from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that announced to me that I was being given the Legion d’Honneur,” the 73-year-old told WWD. “It’s being given to me for my work and commitment to women as well as my work for the Statue of Liberty, who is a symbol of freedom and friendship between France and America.

“I am extremely honoured for this important recognition.”

Von Furstenberg will be presented with the prize by European Central Bank president, Christine Lagarde.

The Belgium-born designer serves as chair of the fundraising campaign for the Statue of Liberty Museum and is committed to empowering women through non-profit organisations such as Vital Voices.

She also fetes extraordinary women with her very own DVF Awards, which were founded in 2010.

Previous Legion d’Honneur recipients include Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Vera Wang, who was bestowed with the honour in 2017.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri awarded France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinctio…

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.

The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinction by France’s gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa during a star-studded ceremony following Dior’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris.

“I can’t believe it!” the 55-year-old exclaimed, as she was swarmed by well-wishers – including her husband and two children, photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, former employer Valentino Garavani and Bianca Jagger – at the French fashion house’s Avenue Montaigne headquarters.

Also in attendance at the reception was author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who inspired Chiuri’s iconic “We Should All Be Feminists” slogan T-shirts.

During her speech, the visibly emotional designer urged young women to believe in themselves and follow their instincts.

“Even today I still feel like the curious girl who went to school in Rome to learn fashion design,” she said. “Receiving such an important honour in France, which represents fashion and culture, and from the hands of a woman like Marlene Schiappa, who expresses the most important values for me, is a new emotion.”

Crediting the Fendi sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda, for inspiring her to reach her goals and to support other women in fashion and business, she also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH – the luxury goods firm that owns Christian Dior – for allowing her free rein as creative director.

“Dior is a maison that represents femininity, and for this reason, I believe that my commitment is to make women aware of their potential, and I thank the maison that supports me to give a voice to women and their work. Their commitment can change the world,” Chiuri gushed.

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