NEW DELHI — French Ambassador Francois Richier conferred the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the country’s highest honor, on veteran designer Manish Arora Feb. 16 in recognition of his renowned and critically-acclaimed contribution to the fashion world.
“I’m thrilled and honored by the recognition I have received from the country that I love with all my heart. France has been an inspiration always. I now live between Paris and Delhi, and for me France is literally my own country. I hope to keep getting inspired by France, the beauty and the elegance of the French people,” said Arora at the investiture ceremony at the French embassy here.
The event witnessed the attendance of socialites including Priya Paul, Ambika Pillai, Kalyani Saha, Rahul Mishra and Subodh Gupta.
The Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur is France’s premier award to recognize eminent accomplishments of service to France. It is bestowed on both citizens of France as well as foreigners.
Pinning the insignia on the celebrated designer, Richier said: “Manish has a long-standing connection with France, which is like a second home for him. He is a pioneer in bringing the fashion culture of both countries together with his exuberant imagination. I am delighted to confer this high honor on him.”
In the past, eminent personalities such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Amitabh Bachchan and J.R.D Tata have been honored with the prestigious award.