BFC to Hand Top Prize to Valentino Garavani at London Fashion Awards – WWD


LONDON – Designer Valentino Garavani will receive the Outstanding Achievement prize at The Fashion Awards, which take place in London on Dec. 4 at Royal Albert Hall.

The British Fashion Council, which organizes the awards event, a fundraiser for students and emerging designers, said the couturier was receiving the award for his “groundbreaking couture creations” and red-carpet gowns.

“His extraordinary designs, dedication to craftsmanship, ubiquitous branding and business acumen have left an indelible mark on the fashion world and cemented him as a legend of haute couture,” the BFC said Wednesday.

The designer said he has been “fortunate to witness the transformative power of fashion,” over the years.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I have had. To be honored in London, one of my most beloved cities, makes this momentous occasion even more special,” added the designer who spends much of his time in the British capital at his art-filled home in Chelsea.

Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the British Fashion Council, described Garavani as a “revolutionary who has set new standards of excellence, and inspired generations of designers. We look forward to celebrating him in London.”

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who throughout their career “has constantly shaped and reshaped the fashion world through their innovation and creativity,” according to the BFC.

Previous winners include Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard, Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones and Manolo Blahnik to name only a few.

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