Lidewij Edelkoort has been honoured Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.
Didier Grumbach, President of the Fédération de la Culture, du Prêt-a-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode will decorate her with the honour on 22 February 2008 at Studio Edelkoort in Paris. The Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres is awarded in recognition of artistic or literary creative contribution to culture in France and internationally.
Born in the Netherlands in 1950, Lidewij Edelkoort studied fashion and design at the School of Fine Arts in Arnhem, and upon graduation became a trend forecaster at the leading Dutch department store, De Bijenkorf. There, she discovered her talent for sensing upcoming trends and her unique ability to predict what consumers would want to buy several seasons ahead of time. This brought her to Paris in 1975, working first as an independent trend consultant and soon creating Trend Union.
Edelkoort has received continual recognition for her work in providing inspirational stimulus and fostering creative talent. In 2003, TIME magazine named her as one of the world’s 25 most influential people in fashion, while she received the Netherlands’ Grand Seigneur prize one year later for her work in fashion and textile. In 2005, Aid to Artisans honoured Li Edelkoort with a lifetime achievement award for her support of craft and design.
Image: Portrait Li Edelkoort, Photo by Philippe Munda
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