Smithsonian honors Ralph Lauren for fashion, flag

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ralph Lauren's love for the American flag and American style has earned him honors from the Smithsonian Institution.

On Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will help present the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal to the designer at the National Museum of American History.

Clinton and Lauren joined forces in 1998 to raise money to preserve the original "Star Spangled Banner" flag that inspired the national anthem.

Lauren is known for designs that have defined American fashion and for his patriotic uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes. He was born in 1939 to immigrant parents in the Bronx, New York, and got his start selling ties at the Empire State Building.

The Smithsonian is honoring Lauren "for his embodiment of the American experience through fashion, design and philanthropy."

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