Jean Paul Gaultier is to be given the Inspiration Award at the AmfAR benefit in June.

The designer will be honoured for his contribution to men's fashion and his help in the fight against AIDS at the New York 'Inspiration Gala' on June 3, which will be hosted by Kylie Minogue.

The cocktail and dinner event at Manhattan's Public Library will include a catwalk presentation, which will be based around the gala's theme - Black Tie/Black Leather menswear.

Guests will be asked to dress accordingly and the gala will also feature a special musical performance from a secret act.

Although Gaultier is being honoured for his men's fashion, he recently revealed he felt he owed a lot of his success to using 'real' women in his catwalk shows as other females can relate to them.

The 57-year-old Frenchman said: "The fashion press could not understand it. But I say, 'Why not?' It is what inspires me. I don't like to be safe. I use what I see. There is no point in me sitting here in my couture house and not knowing what is going on out there. You have to be aware of what is going on in the street."