Designer Michael Kors was honoured with a special fashion award in New York on Wednesday (04Sep13).

The former Project Runway star was handed the Award for Artistry of Fashion from the Couture Council of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, following in the footsteps of style luminaries Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar de la Renta.

Oscar winner Hilary Swank was on hand to present Kors with the prize, telling the star-studded crowd, "His instinct for fashion was evident early on. At age 5, he advised his mother to cut the bows off her over-the-top wedding dress. He's come a long way since... He is the king of American sportswear, he understands glamour and sex appeal, he understands the idea of being smart and pragmatic all at once."

Guests at the ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and models Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge.