Last week, the Parisian fashion A-list gathered at the French Ministry of Culture, where the Minister Aurélie Filippetti, awarded both Italian designer Maurizio Galante and Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz with the prestigious Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters accolade. Kayrouz’s Knight of the Order was first announced in July 2013 and was expected to be officially awarded in 2014. For the occasion, Didier Grumbach, President of the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Prêt-à-Porter, who invited Kayrouz to showcase his first Haute Couture collection in 2009, was present.
Aurélie Filippetti—who recently wore Rabih Kayrouz on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival —gave a speech thanking both Kayrouz and Galante, for their respective work and dedication to the French fashion industry, along with their active contribution to French culture.
Before launching his Haute Couture brand, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, in 2009, the Lebanese designer studied at the reputed Chambre Syndicale fashion school and made his designer debut by working in the ateliers of Dior and Chanel. After being a guest member of the Paris Haute Couture calendar for almost four years, Kayrouz shifted his design focus to women’s ready-to-wear in 2012.
The knighthood was established in Paris in 1957 to award both French and international artists and writers who have contributed to advancing and promoting the arts in France and abroad. Kayrouz thus joins a celebrated assembly of awarded Knights, including Lebanese soprano singer Majida El Roumi; French actress and face of Dior, Marion Cotillard; and singer Lenny Kravitz, among many others.