Belgian-American fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg received the honorary title of Commander of the Order of the Crown in New York on Wednesday afternoon. The decoration was presented to him by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sophie Wilmès, during a meal at the residence of the Belgian consul-general in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Diane von Fürstenberg was born in 1946 in Brussels but is a citizen of the world, as Sophie Wilmès pointed out. “Your attachment to Belgium is a great honor for all your compatriots because your success shines in the United States and well beyond. You make Belgium shine“, commented the Minister.
You a modern, powerful entrepreneur who has a lasting contribution to fashion by creating the wrap dress
In her speech, Sophie Wilmès highlighted the importance of Diane Von Fürstenberg as a model, even before the word became popular. “You are a modern, powerful entrepreneur who made a lasting contribution to fashion by creating the wrap dress. And I’m a big fan.“
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This distinction should also honor her success as a businesswoman and her struggle for women’s rights and female leadership, the Deputy Prime Minister said. The fashion designer’s bond to her mother, who survived WWII concentration camps, was also brought up. “An inspiring woman“, concluded Sophie Wilmès.