Distinction conferred on Fashion Designer, Ritu Beri - October 21, 2010
French Distinction "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters" conferred on Fashion Designer Ritu Beri.
New Delhi, 21 October 2010
The Ambassador of France to India, Mr Jérôme Bonnafont, conferred the award of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on fashion designer Ms Ritu Beri on Thursday 21st October 2010 at the Residence of France.
The French government bestowed the distinction in recognition of Ms Beri’s contribution towards the enrichment of the Indo-French cultural inheritance.
The awards ceremony was attended, amongst others, by chief guest Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs Shri P.Chidambaram, former Ambassador of India to France Shri Sibal, writer and Ritu Beri’s friend Ms Shobhaa Dé, MoS for Defence Mr. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah, U.S. Ambassador to India Mr Roemer, vice-president of BJP Dr Heptulla, former captain of Indian cricket team Mr Azharuddin, cosmetics entrepreneur Ms Shahnaz Hussain, restaurateur Mr AD Singh and model Mr Feroz Gujral.
The French government distinction Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) is conferred on “persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world.”
Some noted Indian recipients of this honour in the past include Shahrukh Khan, Raghu Rai, the late Habib Tanveer, Upamanyu Chatterjee.
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A protégé of embroidery maestro François Lesage, Ritu Beri is the first Indian fashion ambassador to have showcased her creations with India-inspired motifs on the catwalks of Paris, giving French fashion connoisseurs a glimpse of India’s textile heritage. She is also the first Asian to head a French Fashion House, Jean Louis Scherrer.