New Delhi: Fashion designer Wendell Rodricks was bestowed the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres for his contribution to the fashion industry and for incorporating French charm in his creations.
French ambassador to India Francois Richier honoured Rodricks with the medal of the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres) on board the French naval frigate FNS Chevalier Paul in Vasco da Gama Port in Goa on Monday.
The French ship is here to take part in a joint exercise with the Indian Navy. Rodricks, who is known for his lucid styles, feels “blessed” after getting the recognition.
“Thanks all for the blessings and congratulations. Yesterday was another wonderful day. Blessings from my family up above, Champagne time,” a post on his Facebook read.
In the presence of the commander of the French fleet, Rear Admiral Chaperon, the captains of the various ships, officers of the Indian and French Navy, French Consul in Mumbai Yves Perrin and members of the French community in India, the fashion designer was felicitated with the honour from the ministry of culture and communication, France.
The ambassador noted his significant legacy to Indian and international fashion, for being a writer, environmentalist, educationist in fashion and contribution to Goa and India while promoting French culture.
The designer delivered a thank you speech in fluent French ending with "Vive la France! Viva Goa! Jai Hind!".