Bouchra Jarrar has been inducted as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters at the Palais Galliera in Paris, with guests including Farida Khelfa, DJ Frédéric Sanchez, and makeup artist Tom Pecheux. As one of France’s highest civilian honors, the award celebrates significant contributions to the enrichment of French cultural inheritance. The honor, which the Lanvin designer received from Audrey Azoulay, the former minister of culture, marks the second time in five years that the Moroccan-French designer has been recognized for her efforts in French fashion. In 2012, Jarrar was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Jarrar helmed her eponymous label before joining Lanvin as creative designer last year. She has also worked for Capucine Puerari, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balenciaga, Scherrer, and Christian Lacroix.
Azoulay pointed to their shared Moroccan heritage when she bestowed the honor on the designer, noting that Jarrar learned how to sew from her father. She added, “Your name comes from somewhere else, but you are French. You grew up in Cannes, but you are fully Parisian.”
In the July/August issue of Vogue Arabia, Jarrar echoes this statement, reflecting on how Paris helped shape her outstanding career. “Paris has given me a lot of strength. My father was so happy to see me come to Paris to study and discover the know-how of the great French institutions and all this wonderful craftsmanship,” she recalls. “I was born in Cannes, and my cultural background has been enriched and amplified ever since I arrived in Paris at the age of 20. As I said, fashion is universal, and my absolute desire is to dress all the women of the world, so opening myself beyond my origins has helped me to express something wider and more generous in my collections.”