Diane von Furstenberg 'totally surprised' by Legion d'Honneur

Diane von Furstenberg

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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