Italian Highest Civilian Recognition Goes to Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani was decorated with the Knight Grand Cross, Italy’s highest honour last Friday (November 26). The designer was honoured by Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, as a consequence of his contributions to the fashion and arts industries.
Recalled as one of the most important fashion creative and entrepreneur of all times, Mr. Armani received the prize not only for his magnificent career as a designer, but also because of his long lasting contributions to promote and highlight on a global scale the Italian artistic industries, other than his continuous support over charitable causes.
During the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak, for instance, Giorgio Armani has donated more than $2 million to local hospitals, while the Giorgio Armani Foundation founded in 2016 assists social causes such as child poverty and the fight against AIDS/HIV.
Armani is the third fashion designer to have received the Knight Grand Cross honour. Valentino Garavani was awarded in 1986, whereas Miuccia Prada was decorated in 2015.
Italy’s President Sergio Matarella with Giorgio Armani at Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome
Photo credits: Giorgio Armani