Source: News Bharati English19 Feb 2016 08:00:20

Paris, February 19: Ace designer Manish Arora has been awarded the 'Knight of the Legion of Honour', the highest French civilian distinction, for his contribution to the world of fashion.The award, which was presented to Arora in a ceremony here last evening, also recognises his long standing ties with France.

"I'm thrilled and honoured by the recognition I have received from the country that I love with all my heart. France has been an inspiration always.  
"I now live between Paris and Delhi and for me France is literally my own country. I hope to keep getting inspired by France, the beauty and elegance of the French people," Arora said. The Ambassador of France to India, François Richier, presented the honour to the designer on behalf of the President of the French Republic.

"Manish has a long-standing connection with France, which is like a second home for him. He is a pioneer in bringing the fashion culture of both countries together with his exuberant imagination. I am delighted to confer this high honour on him," Richier said.

In past Indian personalities like Satyajit Ray, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Zubin Mehta, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shah Rukh Khan have been honoured by the French government. 

In 2011, Arora was appointed the creative director for French fashion house Paco Rabanne where he designed two successful collections for them. Today, Arora devotes his time between New Delhi and Paris.

For Arora, one of the biggest fashion myths is people wearing what others think will look good on them. “It is wrong. Fashion is not about others telling you that you’re looking good. It is about you feeling good.”

He has also collaborated with brands such as Walt Disney, Swarovski, Swatch, Reebok, Barbie and Nespresso, among others. “Luckily, my work is such that it is adaptable to these brands and it is easy to move around with my choice of colours and patterns,” he said.