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Ralph Lauren receives an award from the Smithsonian Institution

Ralph Lauren receives an award from the Smithsonian Institution

Living the American dream


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The New York designer arrived in Washington DC this week to be honoured with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal by Hillary Clinton

The celebration was held earlier this week in the Capital's Smithsonian Museum of American History – which notably displays the flag that Lauren paid $13 million to restore – and incidentally inspired the script for the national anthem.

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As Hillary Clinton took to the stage during the ceremony, wearing Ralph Lauren, the crowd erupted with approval, with the designer adding that he endorses the politician for her presidential candidacy; "If ever there was a woman who should be President, I believe it's Hillary," he said, continuing, "She is capable and has the experience. And so, whatever she decides, I am happy for her, as a woman and a person who has done so much for our country."

The Smithsonian Institution noted its reason behind offering the designer the award was due to his, "embodiment of the American experience through fashion, design and philanthropy; for supporting artistry, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for more than five decades, and for redefining for national and international audiences a style that embodies the American spirit."

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