On November 29, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain was in New York City to attend the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2011 Gold Medal Gala where she presented Ferran Adria, Javier Bardem, Mario Testino, and Ken Chennault with, well, the Gold Medal. Also, during the ceremony, Queen Sofia presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to the chairman of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, Mr. Oscar de la Renta. Per the royal house of Spain:
Queen Sofia was accompanied to the gala by the U.S. ambassador to Spain, Jorge Dezcallar, and the president, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Institute, Inmaculada Habsburg, Oscar de la Renta, Valentin Fuster and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, among others.
The ‘Queen Sofia Spanish Institute’ was created in 1954 to promote Spanish culture in the United States through conferences, exhibitions, symposiums, meetings and teaching Spanish.
Prior to the gala event, Queen Sofia visited the headquarters of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute to view the exhibition ‘Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress’ which aims to analyze the history of Spanish regional costumes through the works of Valencian, artist Joaquín Sorolla.
This exhibition was conceived and promoted by Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute. The exhibition, in collaboration of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, includes dresses and pieces never exhibited in the United States, as prominent parts of the Museum of Costume, and works of Sorolla Museum in Madrid as well as a selection of Spanish designer clothes today. The coordinator of the exhibition is André Leon Talley, editor of the monthly column, ‘Life with André’ featured in Vogue magazine.
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