Roberto Cavalli to Receive amfAR Award of Courage

Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012 runway
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A Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012 runway look

He’s been honored countless times for his work in the fashion world, but next month, Roberto Cavalli will take home quite a different prize.

The Foundation for AIDS Research (commonly known as amfAR) will honor the designer with the Award of Courage, given for his work raising awareness for AIDS, at a gala event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Cavalli is a longtime amfAR supporter and a fixture at the organization’s annual Milan event; at the 2011 gala, he paid €45,000 ($57,250 at current exchange rates) for a Bert Stern photograph of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra during the live auction.

No doubt the February gala—which also honors Goldman Sachs partner R. Martin Chavez and Chopard co-president Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele—will be as star-studded as usual: Sarah Jessica Parker will act as the evening’s host.

In related news, check out the 2011 amfAR event in New York, honoring Michael Kors and James Franco.