French Honour for Manish Arora

Haute couture, great distinction

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February 16, 2016

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Manish Arora

Manish Arora

Indian fashion designer Manish Arora was made Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his work, his contribution to fashion and his long lasting ties with France.

Manish Arora, one of the emblems of India in the international fashion world, is also a Paris lover. He presents there his Manish Arora Paris collection since 2007 in the Fashion Week.

No wonder that this great designer, king of colors, with a predilection for gold and pink, and known for his avant-garde cuts, was honoured by France. He was made Knight of the Legion of Honour, the highest civilian award conferred by the French Republic, well known for its liking for ribbons and decorations.

Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Legion of Honor is given by France for exceptional services, regardless of the nationality of the recipient. The French President, namely François Hollande, is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour. In his name, the Ambassador of France to India, François Richier, will hang the distinction on Manish Arora’s buttonhole, as per tradition, at a ceremony on February 16, in the Embassy residence in Delhi.

In this same prestigious venue, the designer has already presented before some of his creations, to symbolically mark the personal and professional ties binding him to France and Paris, still for him the world capital of fashion and a city where he regularly stays.

Manish Arora is creatively inspired by Indian heritage but he is updating it in a contemporary and international style, which appealed to stars like Rihanna, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga.

Born and raised in Mumbai, he began studying business, before devoting himself to fashion and integrating the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), in New Delhi, home of many prestigious Indian designers. He graduated from NIFT in 1994, winning the award for best student.

Since then, he has continuously expanded his international footprint. In 2011, he was even named creative director of the French fashion house “Paco Rabanne”, where he designed two collections before claiming back his artistic freedom.

Member of the French Federation of Prêt-à-Porter, he sells his creations all around the world, in prestigious locations such as Galeries Lafayette or in his own stores in India and since 2014 in his Paris store.

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