Lauren is being recognized for his creative vision as well as his business acumen in a career spanning more than 50 years.
The American designer, who didn’t go to fashion school or grow up in the fashion industry, kicked off his career in 1967 designing ties and men’s wear. He went on to expand his range to include Polo by Ralph Lauren and then women’s wear. The brand has taken part in traditional sporting events and currently dresses the U.S. Olympic and Paraloympic teams, the U.S Golf Association, the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, PGA of America and the U.S. Ryder Cup.
As a philanthropist, Lauren has supported a range of charities and organizations. He co-founded Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research and aids a number of causes under the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation. Other initiatives include the Pink Pony Fund, the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care, The Ralph Lauren Center for Breast Cancer Research and the American Heroes Fund.
The annual awards event is to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Dec. 5.
“Ralph Lauren is an exemplary designer and businessman,” said Natalie Massenet, chairman of the British Fashion Council. “He has helped to define an era in both American and global fashion with his singular vision; I know that most of us would say he has inspired us immeasurably. He has built an outstanding legacy and I look forward to celebrating him for years to come.”
Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement award include Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Manolo Blahnik and i-D founders Terry and Tricia Jones.
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