This is American fashion at its best.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton presented fashion designer Ralph Lauren with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. The Smithsonian Institute honored Lauren for what they detail as, ”[an] experience through fashion, design and philanthropy; for supporting artistry, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for more than five decades, and for redefining for national and international audiences a style that embodies the American spirit.”
An American spirit that has come to live in Lauren’s clothing line.
“Surely Ralph and his family — and he has brothers and a sister here today — could not have imagined, or maybe they could have when they lived in the Bronx, that their lives would be the embodiment of the American dream,” Clinton said. “In particular, Ralph, the youngest, would become synonymous with American aspiration and style. And in so doing, he would come forth with a vision and an optimism and an energy that marks our country and those who call it home. He would exemplify the American dream and also make it possible for so many others to have their dreams.”
The ceremony was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which displays the American flag that inspired the country’s national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Lauren donated $13 million to preserve the flag in 1998–while the Clintons resided in the White House.
Lauren’s family, his wife, Ricky, daughter Dylan with her husband Paul Arrouet, his sons Andrew and David with his wife Lauren Bush Lauren, as well as his siblings Leonard, Thelma and Jerry were in Washington to help commemorate the experience. The first thing the clan did? Head to the Lincoln Memorial.
“My family got together and went to dinner,” he told the audience. “We went to see the Lincoln Memorial, and I looked at it and got close to Lincoln–and I looked at the boots that were hanging over because I wanted to know if they had the Ralph Lauren label.”
Congrats to the designer and his family!