On 14th August 2019, the name of veteran Pakistani designer Rizwan Beyg was announced as a recipient of Pakistan Civil Award, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, amongst 116 other recipients. After over an year, the designer has finally received the one of the highest civilian honor in an intimate ceremony at the Governor House Sindh.
As per the list available online, Rizwan is the first fashion designer who has received a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in Pakistan till date. With his eponymous label, the designer has been serving Pakistan’s fashion industry since 1989. The ace couturier has made several contributions for the growth of Pakistan’s fashion industry; from giving us unforgettable fashion shows and collections, representing the country in a better light internationally to designing a dress for Princess Diana during her visit in 1996.
Rizwan took to social media and shared the news with his followers:
“Huge thank you to all of you who have stood by me on my journey… May we continue to be proud Pakistanis. Thank you Pakistan for the respect and honour,” he wrote.
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A year later than scheduled but finally got the Tamgha e Imtiaz at a small intimate ceremony at the Governor House Sindh.. HUGE thank you to all of you who have stood by me on my journey … .May we continue to be proud Pakistanis… 🥰. Thank you Pakistan for the respect and honour . 🙏.
He also went on to clarify the actual reason behind his journey, which is not just because he is an accomplished designer.
“Many people believe that I have received this honor because of my capabilities as a designer. But in reality, it is due to the corporate social responsibility our label has shown, the work we have done over the course of the past 10 years with women in rural villages, that is the reason for this award. We would like to get more women from remote areas and villages on board and provide them with jobs to increase their income,” he added.
Congratulations! Team Something Haute wishes the designer all the best for his future endeavors.