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The American Academy of Achievement

London, Thursday October 19, 2017 - Last night in London, Valentino Garavani was honoured by the American Academy of Achievement with the Golden Plate Award, making him the only European fashion designer, and third Italian to receive this prestigious honor. The two Italians prior to Mr. Valentino are both Noble Prize recipients, Dr. Rita Levi Montalcini, Noble Prize in Medicine (Class of 1970) and Dr. Carlos Rubbia, Noble Prize in Physics (Class of 1984).


The Golden Plate Awards honours “visionaries and pioneers whose ideas and talents have influenced the world.” Previous recipients of this prestigious award include six US Presidents, world leaders and Nobel Peace Prize winners, technology and business leaders, world-renowned artists, athletes, authors and pioneering scientists and explores. That list includes; Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Desmund Tutu, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Muhammed Ali, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, John Updike, Norman Mailer, Jeff Koons, Frank Gehry, Edward Teller, James D. Watson, Neil Armstrong, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Sally K. Ride just to name a few.


Mr. Valentino received this award surrounded by more than 20 of his closest friends and collaborators including Giancarlo Giammetti, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Princess Rosario Saxe Coburg, Eva Herzigova, Carlos Souza, Countess Charlene de Ganay, Bruce Hoeksema, Tamara Beckwith, Giorgio Veroni, Suzy Menkes, and theItalian ambassador to London Pasquale Terracciano and his wife, Karen Lawrence Terracciano.


"“I am very humbled and grateful to receive this amazing honour. The past and present recipients are quite extraordinary and it is with great joy and respect that I accept this award, and that my work has been acknowledged amongst this esteemed group of leaderssays Valentino Garavani.


The American Academy of Achievement was founded in 1961 by acclaimed photographer Brian Blaine Reynolds, it is a unique non-profit organization that “has sparked the imaginations of young people across America and around the globe by bringing them into direct personal contact with the preeminent leaders of our times” states their website.  


Complete list of the Academy of Achievement Class of 2017 Honorees:


LYNSEY ADDARIO-Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalist, SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH-Nobel Prize in Literature, JOHN BANVILLE-Acclaimed Irish Novelist, SIMONE BILES-Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist, DAME ANTONIA SUSAN BYATT-English Novelist and Essayist, SIR MICHAEL CAINE-British Film Icon, RON DENNIS-Founder, McLaren Technology Group, DR. JENNIFER A. DOUDNA-Co-Developer, CRISPR Gene Editing Technology, LORD NORMAN FOSTER-Architecture Gold Medal, PETER GABRIEL-Singer, Songwriter and Humanitarian, VALENTINO GARAVANI-Fashion Designer, SIR ANDRE K. GEIM-Nobel Prize in Physics,THE HONORABLE NEIL M. GORSUCH-Justice of the Supreme Court of  the United States, THE HONORABLE ERIC GREITENS-Governor of Missouri and 1999 Academy Delegate, SIR JOHN GURDON-Nobel Prize in Medicine, DR. DUNCAN M. HALDANE-Nobel Prize in Physics, DR. DEMIS HASSABIS-Pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, KAZUO ISHIGURO-Nobel Prize in Literature, SEBASTIAN JUNGER-Journalist and Filmmaker, HIS EXCELLENCY PAUL KAGAME-President of the Republic of Rwanda, DR. BRIAN K. KOBILKA-Nobel Prize in Chemistry, JOHN OVERDECK and DR. DAVID SIEGEL-Pioneers in Technology and Investment Management, JIMMY PAGE-Guitarist and Founder of Led Zeppelin, STEFANO PESSINA-CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance, DR.VENKI RAMAKRISHNAN-Nobel Prize in Chemistry and President of the Royal Society, CHARLIE ROSE-Emmy Award-winning Broadcast Journalist, DR. RANDY W. SCHEKMAN-Nobel Prize in Medicine, BARTLETT SHER-Tony Award-winning Theater Director, HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL ERNEST SIMONI-Albania’s Heroic Servant of God and GORDON MATTHEW THOMAS SUMNER (STING)-16 Grammy Awards and Songwriters Hall of Fame.


For more information on the American Academy of Achievement, please visit http://www.achievement.org/.

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