GCFA, Italia 2019: Valentino to Receive Legacy Award – Exciting Details Revealed Ahead of Sunday’s Ceremony

Ahead of Sunday night’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia 2019, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, in collaboration with Eco-Age, revealed details about this year’s event during a press conference in Milan. Announcements included the recipient of the presigious legacy award and this year’s hosts – find out more. 

Valentino Garavani, founder of Valentino, was today announced as the winner of the prestigious Legacy award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia 2019, which will take place on Sunday 22nd September at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, closing Milan Fashion Week.

Carlo Capasa, chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Livia Firth, creative director and co-founder of Eco-Age, said of the award: “Through his iconic work spanning over five decades, championing Italian talent, design and fashion, Valentino is a creative visionary and truly deserving of the Green Carpet Fashion Award’s Legacy Award.”

During the conference, models Adut Akech and Jon Kortajarena were also confirmed as the hosts for this year’s event. They will moderate the evening and introduce the presenters and winners, following the welcoming speech by Carlo and Livia.

“We are delighted for Adut and Jon to front this year’s ceremony,” said Capasa and Firth. “Adut’s talent and vibrance is personified in the many front covers she has already graced during her career – including three Vogue covers this month! Jon’s award-winning work and incredible experience across the fashion industry completes the perfect pairing for a dynamic and beautiful ceremony.”

Hamish Bowles, international editor at large at Vogue US, also attended the press conference and was confirmed as creative director for the event for the third year running. This year’s event theme will be inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 500thanniversary year of his death.

“This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, the protean genius – artist, inventor, designer, botanist, writer – whose glorious artistic legacy continues to illuminate the city of Milan,” said Hamish.

“Pietro Magni’s 1872 statue of da Vinci, depicted in distinguished old age, dominates the Piazza della Scala, the storied square that in turn links La Scala with the Palazzo. All three of these places are the key protagonists in the 2019 Green Carpet Awards evening, so it seemed appropriate to pay homage to da Vinci with an aesthetic that draws on his exquisite works and on Renaissance tapestries, and evokes the organic and sustainable monastic gardens, and the refectories that the artist himself would have been so familiar with. In these evocative spaces we come together to celebrate the great talents of our wider fashion and sustainability community.” 

Attendees at the conference also viewed the now famous statuette that winners will receive at the GCFA ceremony at La Scala, designed by Chopard. The statuette depicts a woman, whose long braid is produced in Fairmined certified ethical gold with a robe made of aluminium to lend a lighter touch. The statue is completed with a thermoformed glass cape and engravings of a golden apple tree.

The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, will be held on September 22nd at the iconic Tetro alla Scala, Milan. Follow @ecoage for all of the latest updates on the night!


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