The American fashion designer will be presented with the Chevalier of France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour, the country’s highest recognition, at a ceremony on 28 February (17).

Gerard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United States, will present the 67-year-old bridal designer with the accolade.

"This is definitely one of the major highlights of my life, my fashion life," Wang told WWD of the award. "This, and the lifetime achievement award from the CFDA."

Wang's evening wear has been worn by stars at many red carpet events, including Viola Davis at the 2012 Academy Awards, and Sofia Vergara at the 65th Emmy Awards in 2013.

Wang cites her recognition as partly down to a fashion career that was in its own way shaped by an obsession with French culture.

As she is receiving the honour at the end of February, Wang has decided to abandon showing at New York Fashion Week in favour of unveiling her fall collection via a short film, which will pay homage to the culture and city of Paris.

Previous recipients of honour from the fashion industry include Alber Elbaz, Paul Smith and France's own Sonia Rykiel, who passed away in August (16).