Vera Wang Joins the Late Elie Wiesel as an American Honoree of France’s Medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor


BY OBI ANYANWU

Vera Wang has received the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by Gérard Araud, the Ambassador of France to the United States, at a ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris, joining the likes of American honorees Elie Wiesel, Barbra Streisand, John Ashbery and Renée Fleming.

The CFDA Award winner was honored for her “lifelong friendship with France” and for the values she shares with the country, according to Araud.

French culture has been a strong inspiration throughout her life, and has influenced her work as both a designer and an accomplished and independent business woman.

- Gérard Araud

A New York City native, Vera Wang made her mark in the bridal industry in 1990 with the opening of her salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. She designed wedding gowns for celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Victoria Beckham, as well as public figures Chelsea Clinton and Michelle Obama.

The CFDA named Wang the Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2005 and awarded her with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. The Vera Wang Fall 2017 collection references the French military and her deep personal connections with the city of Paris, which developed from her time as a young competitive athlete and dancer, as a student at the University of Paris and her time as an editor at Vogue.

This is an unimaginable honor, both as an American and a Designer, to be presented with this most prestigious award from the French Republic

- Vera Wang

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Order of the Legion of Honor is the highest award bestowed by the French government, recognizing outstanding achievement in the military and in public and private sectors.