Giorgio Armani receives Italy honour. Image: Armani twitter

Giorgio Armani decorated “Cavaliere” of Italy

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Fashion designer Giorgio Armani was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic today. Armani’s five-decade career sees him as one of the most recognised couturiers in the world.

The head of state, Sergio Mattarella, personally presented the honour in the Roman Quirinale Palace to 87-year-old Giorgio Armani.

Italy’s highest honour

Giorgio Armani received the title of “Cavaliere”. The award, instituted in 1951, is the highest ranking in the country. It recognises “the benefits given to the nation in the field of letters, the arts, the economy or the performance of public office.”

The honour is also for activities with social, philanthropic and humanitarian purposes, and for outstanding services in civil and military careers.

Important for Armani

The designer and businessman said this recognition is “especially important” for him as President Mattarella granted it by decree. Armani defines Mattarella as “a man of immense value, great openness and kindness.”

“I am proud to represent Italy in the world and to receive this prestigious decoration from his hand on behalf of the whole country,” Armani said.

Armani first came into the public eye when working for Cerruti. He went on to others, including Allegri, Bagutta and Hilton. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, which eventually diversified into music, sport and luxury hotels.

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