The high-kicking creation attracted the highest bid in the 22nd edition of the annual designer Christmas tree charity event organized by fashion journalist Marie-Christiane Marek.
The couturier is author, director and set designer of the show — based on his life in fashion — due to open at Les Folies Bergère next October.
A non-profit project unravels the more than 80 ways to drape the sari and how to adapt it to the modern age.
Tom Ford and Madonna were also interviewed for the Mr. Porter-produced documentary film about costume designer Arianne Phillips.
A veteran of brands including Jean Paul Gaultier and Hermès, René succeeds American designer Adam Andrascik.
A host of European designers have referenced religion in their collections, including the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and Riccardo Tisci.
The designer sat down with WWD in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview.