Narciso Rodriguez To Receive Cooper-Hewitt Fashion Design Award

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Fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez will receive a National Design Award this year from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, along with 10 other top names in design.

Rodriguez designed the memorable black and red dress worn by first lady Michelle Obama in Chicago on election night in 2008. The dress recently went on display for the first time at the National Archives to represent her signature style in history. Earlier, Rodriguez designed Carolyn Bessette's wedding dress for her 1996 marriage to John F. Kennedy Jr.

The New York City-based Cooper-Hewitt museum announced this year's recipients of the design awards Thursday. The museum said Rodriguez "redefined American style for the past two decades, playing a singular role in global fashion through his structured and elegantly minimal designs." He has also been named one of the nation's most influential Hispanics by Time magazine.

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