Christian Louboutin Named Recipient of World Monuments Fund’s Hadrian Award – WWD

Christian Louboutin’s appreciation for Egypt is well documented, and this fall his commitment to cultural heritage will be recognized by the World Monuments Fund. The designer, who is instrumental in supporting the Colossi of Memnon at Luxor, was honored with the organization’s Hadrian Award.

The 33rd Annual Hadrian Gala, honoring leaders in cultural preservation and preservation projects, will be held on October 24 at the Rainbow Room in New York. In addition to Louboutin, the event will honor Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander and art collector Suzanne Deal Booth. Michael Govan, Director of LACMA, and Dr. Paul M. Farber, Director of Monument Lab, will present their awards.

The World Monument Fund has planned a number of events leading up to the Gala. Louboutin will participate in a presentation on Egypt during the World Monuments Summit on October 22, after which the designer will host gala attendees at his Madison Avenue boutique, with proceeds from sales benefiting the World Monument Fund; The following day, Diane von Furstenberg will host a VIP tour and cocktail reception on Little Island with designer Thomas Heatherwick.

The World Monument Fund works to preserve heritage sites and monuments around the world. The fund recently added 25 heritage sites to its World Monuments Watch List, which highlights urgent projects for the organization. To date, the fund has raised more than $300 million since 1965.

The Colossi of Memnon at Luxor, Egypt, after defoliation and surveillance. Christian Louboutin Named Recipient of World Monuments Fund’s Hadrian Award – WWD

Sarah Y. Kim

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