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Meghan Markle’s Armani Dress from the Oprah Interview Will Be Displayed at This Fashion Museum

Meghan Markle’s Armani Dress from the Oprah Interview Will Be Displayed at This Fashion Museum

Photo: Courtesy of Oprah with Meghan and Harry
Meghan Markle’s Giorgio Armani dress, worn in the infamous Oprah Winfrey interview of 2021, will be going on display at the Fashion Museum, Bath. The piece has also been named the 2021 Dress of the Year.
Every year, the museum invites prominent names in the fashion industry to submit a Dress of the Year that “encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year, and captures the imagination.” Given the buzz that was generated by Markle’s tell-all interview, it is no surprise that the dress had been chosen to be exhibited at the museum’s “A History of Fashion in 100 Objects” exhibit.

We’re excited to announce that a #GiorgioArmani dress as worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been chosen by @Dazed magazine’s Ibrahim Kamara and Gareth Wrighton as #DressOfTheYear 2021! ✨ Read the full press release on our website https://t.co/maWhnSHohI pic.twitter.com/OZizJuNrq8
— Fashion Museum Bath (@Fashion_Museum) February 22, 2022

The long black V-neck dress featured lotus flower prints blooming from the shoulder down to the chest, with a wide buckle belt cinching the piece in at the waist. Its breezy and comfortable fabric also made it an apt choice for Markle’s pregnancy at the time of the interview. The elegant number wasn’t just a memorable pick because it featured in an important conversation that brought several of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s shocking experiences with the royal family to the surface, but also because it marked a time of new beginnings with regards to motherhood for the Duchess.
“It’s well known that members of the Royal family often use outfits to send a message through their choice of style, color, or motif,” stated representatives of the museum. “It was reported that the Duchess chose a dress with a lotus flower design because of the flower’s symbolic association with rebirth, self-regeneration, and spiritual enlightenment, and its ability to flourish despite seemingly challenging conditions.”
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Giorgio Armani Receives Italy’s Highest Honor, the Knight Grand Cross

Giorgio Armani Receives Italy’s Highest Honor, the Knight Grand Cross

Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
Yesterday morning, at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, Giorgio Armani received the Knight Grand Cross decorated with Grand Cordon. As Italy’s highest civilian honor, the accolade reflects both Armani’s six-decade career in the fashion industry and his status as one of the country’s leading lights across the fashion, lifestyle, and luxury sectors.
In a private ceremony at the palace, which serves as one of the three official residences of the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, the celebrated Italian designer was specifically awarded the honor for his services to fashion and the arts. “This honor holds a particular meaning for me,” Armani said following the ceremony. “It came from our President, who is not only the head of state, but also a man whose values, open-mindedness, and kindness are unquestionably high.”
Giorgio Armani and President Sergio Mattarella at Friday’s ceremony in Rome. Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
Born in the Emilia-Romagna city of Piacenza in 1934, Armani founded his first company in 1975 with his partner in both business and life, architect Sergio Galeotti. The designer’s minimalist vision of relaxed luxury came to define 1990s fashion, both thanks to the signature ease he brought to his men’s tailoring and the understated glamour of his haute couture line which saw him become a red carpet fixture. In recent decades, Armani has branched out into hotels, sports, interiors, and dining. Building a newly completist vision for a 21st-century luxury brand, these ventures have not only made him a billionaire many times over but have also seen Armani become widely acclaimed as the most successful designer of Italian origin of all time.
Previous recipients of the Knight Grand Cross from the world of fashion count just two: Valentino Garavani and Miuccia Prada in 1986 and 2015, respectively. For Armani, however, receiving the prize wasn’t just about celebrating his illustrious career as a designer, but also a recognition of his life-long efforts to promote the Italian creative industries on the world stage and his efforts to give back to his beloved home country, where he has a long history of supporting charitable causes. As recently as last year, Armani donated $2.2 million to local hospitals in the fight against coronavirus, while his Giorgio Armani Foundation established in 2016 has continued the designer’s long history of supporting social causes including the fight against HIV/AIDS and child poverty.
Clearly, yesterday’s ceremony marked not only a career milestone for Armani but carried a more sentimental meaning, too. “I am proud to represent Italy and I am honored to receive this prestigious title, which the President is giving me on behalf of the whole country,” he said.
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Originally published on Vogue.com

“This Needs to Be Seen in a Real Environment”: Giorgio Armani on His Return to the Runway for Armani Privé FW21

“This Needs to Be Seen in a Real Environment”: Giorgio Armani on His Return to the Runway for Armani Privé FW21

Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
Giorgio Armani’s last haute couture collection was a beautiful but melancholy depiction of the empty streets of Milan he experienced during the pandemic. Coming back to life, he did the exact opposite. His first Armani Privé show with an audience in over a year was held in the Italian Embassy in Paris where gowns brushed against your knees as they made their way through the narrow salons. Armani painted liquefied silk organza and layers of chiffon in the pastel colours of the rainbow, proposing an haute couture wardrobe founded in vibrancy, freshness and elation. Anders Christian Madsen spoke to Armani before the show.
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
What motivated this collection?
“With this collection I wanted to convey a feeling of joy and lightness. I wanted this to be a collection about rebirth, about a new sense of blossoming and freedom of spirit.”
Did the idea of returning to the live format – the audience – impact the collection?
“The idea of coming back to live shows did not really impact my work. The collection was created during the past months and until the last minute we didn’t know whether we would be able to stage a proper show. I am happy that we will be presenting it in front of a live audience because I think that all the impalpable and floating shapes need to be seen in a real environment and on a moving body to be fully appreciated.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
Which looks in the show mean the most to you?
“The looks that mean the most to me are those dresses that are so transparent and liquid that almost look like water, or like halos around the body. I think that with our ateliers we were able to capture a sense of levity and luminosity that can be seen throughout the collection.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
Did your recent accident affect your creative outlook in any way?
“It was simply something that happened, and it has not affected my work. But it did teach me to be extra careful when I go out. I mean I’m always very aware but sometimes you just need to pay some extra attention.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
Your last Armani Privé show was very emotional; often melancholy. Do you feel more emotional about your work after the pandemic?
“Honestly, I do not feel more emotional about my work after the pandemic. But I now want my work to show emotions in a clearer way. I think that during this period we have discovered a feeling of something true, something powerful, something enriching, something energising, and I want all this to come true also through my work. These are feelings that accompanied us over the last months – sometimes of grief, sometimes of happiness – and it is always important to follow them.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
How would you describe the emotions that went into this show?
“Regarding the emotional aspects of this show, I don’t think we’re completely out of what happened but the message I want to convey is one of hope, because I truly wish we will soon come out of this very dark tunnel.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
Why did you decide to include pieces from your previous haute couture collection in this show?
“This collection includes pieces from my previous show because I thought they were beautiful dresses and I wanted them to be seen for real by the audience. The other reason is that timelessness is a central idea in all my collections: no clothes are meant to be over in one season.”
Photo: Alessandro Lucioni / Gorunway.com
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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