Narciso Rodriguez to receive award

Narciso Rodriguez will be honored with the Cooper-Hewitt Fashion Design Award this fall.

The designer is known for dressing huge stars such as The Amazing Spider-Man’s Emma Stone and his clothes have even been worn by US First Lady Michelle Obama.

Now his skills are being celebrated with the news that he will take home the National Design Museum’s prestigious prize.

“At this stage in my career to be recognized with this reward is really moving to me,” he gushed to WWD. “My work is my life and so much of my life has been my work.”

Narciso has close connections to the museum and his work was featured in the 2006 Triennial. The establishment’s director, Caroline Baumann, let the designer in on his win via letter earlier in the week.

Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, the names behind design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, have been selected as this year’s Lifetime Achievement award winners. Other honorees include Witold Rybczynski for Design Mind and Etsy for Corporate & Institutional Achievement.

Anna Sui and Celerie Kemble helped make the selection as part of the 2014 NDA jury.

The awards will be held at Pier Sixty in New York this fall and Michelle Obama will serve as the honorary patron. However, she will not be attending the event.

Narciso’s latest design project saw him team with choreographer Stephen Petronio to help celebrate the 30th anniversary season of Stephen’s New York based dance company.

“I was thinking about a collection I did in 2006 where the pieces were different colors in the front and the back,” Narciso explained to of his designs “I want you to see the dancers move, to be aware of their body, movement, and grace. I don’t want the costumes to take away from that.”

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