Legendary Ralph Lauren Set To Become First American Designer To Be Knighted

By Team GQ Middle East
15 November 2018
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From next year you can call him Sir Ralph

The year 2018 has been sensational for Ralph Lauren and as if things couldn't get any better for the iconic fashion designer, he'll be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in time for his 80th birthday.

To recap on the last few months, Ralph Lauren celebrated 50 years of his eponymous label with a tribute from the Council of Fashion Designers of America recognising his contribution to fashion,  and later had a commemorative book published by Rizzoli Books, along with a multitude of major drops and collaborations - Palace x Polo Ralph Lauren anyone? And all of this came off the bat of a Lifetime Achievement Award and American Fashion Legend Award that the designer already received.

At the time of the 50th anniversary celebrations, Lauren said, "I've been very lucky. I like working. I like to dream. I don't dream this big."

Ralph Lauren

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As it happens, his dream is a reality, one that's worn by millions across the world and has consequently shaped the world of fashion. It seems only natural that Lauren should be recognised for his achievement and the ceremony taking place next year will make him the first American designer to be given a British knighthood for his services to the fashion industry. He'll join the ranks of other honorary American honourees like Ronald Regan, Steven Spielberg and Angelina Jolie.

Speaking about the decision to give Ralph Lauren the knighthood Antony Phillipson, British Consul General to New York and Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for North America, said: "In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections. As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. In addition, monumental and philanthropic efforts, especially in the realm of public health, cancer research and treatment in both the US and the UK, have led to benefits felt by citizens around the world."

When Lauren receives the insignia from HRH the Queen, there's no doubting that he will be a worthy recipient. 

Via GQ Australia