Ralph Lauren is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in Fashion at The Fashion Awards 2016, hosted by the British Fashion Council.
Lauren launched his tie and menswear business in 1967 and five years later presented a full line of Polo Ralph Lauren menswear at New York Fashion Week in 1972, the same year he launched a womenswear line.
He is set to receive the award for his role in establishing the Ralph Lauren brands as the “contemporary image of quintessential Americana”, as well as for his philanthropy, encompassing his support for breast cancer research and relief efforts following the 11 September terror attacks.
“Ralph Lauren is an exemplary designer and businessman,” said BFC chair Natalie Massenet. “He has helped to define an era in both American and global fashion with his singular vision; I know that most of us would say he has inspired us immeasurably. He has built an outstanding legacy and I look forward to celebrating him for years to come.”
Previous winners of the award include Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones and Manolo Blahnik. The awards will take place on 5 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.