Irene Brin Award

Since 1969, the Accademia of Costume aand Fashion awards the Irene Brin Prize to a young and talented stylist. Irene Brin, a journalist and writer, loved the young and always did her utmost to stimulate their success. Therefore, this Award to a fashion designer of the new generation is a means of celebration for the Accademia and represents the affirmation of a new talent.

Born in Bordighera in 1914, Irene Brin was the initiator of a light and well-read journalism, of gossip columns and costume.

For twenty years Irene Brin represented the aristocratic world of new fashion that blossomed after the confusing and tragic war period with a few brave men who improvised as tailors and merchants. The first kind ambassador of the new Italian Fashion was brought abroad.

Many of the great designers owe her part of their good fortune. She had contributed generously with her delicate presence, her elegant and witty pen, her intuition and her own unique style. We all owe something for her acclaims that had an inestimable value.

Irene Brin disappeared in 1969 and Rosana Pistolese, founder of the Accademia of Costume and Fashion, realised that, along with her, a magical world that she had partly created and that had become her idol were gone too.

“She was an exquisite writer and a brilliant journalist and particularly devoted herself to the studies of Costume and Fashion since the early postwar years. She immediately understood that, after the inevitable end of war, a new fashion could bring back continuity to costume and create new resources for our Nation. For twenty years Irene Brin represented the aristocratic world of new fashion that blossomed after the confusing and tragic war period with a few brave men who improvised as tailors and merchants. The first kind ambassador of the new Italian Fashion was brought abroad. Together with Emilio Pucci and Gian Battista Giorgini, Irene Brin was the attentive collaborator, the interpreter, the elegant propagator of Italian fashion in the world. 
She worked until the last days of her life and brought with her the kind secret and the actual truth of twenty years of costume.”  (Rosana Pistolese)

As a demonstration of the affection that bound her to the Accademia, Irene Brin wanted to donate her precious collection of Harper’s Bazaar. The first number of the collection is dated 1867.

YEAR AWARDED TO: AWARDED BY:
2016 STEFANO CANULLI Silvia Venturini Fendi
2015 GIANNA GISSI Fiamma Lanzara
2015 MARCO MASTROIANNI Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo
2014 ALDO MARIA CAMILLO Sara Maino
2013 ROBERTA ANDREETTI Matteo Marzotto
2012 LAURA DI COLA Raffaello Napoleone
2011 MATTEO RUSSO Raffaello Napoleone
2009 SYLVIO GIARDINA Maria Luisa Frisa
2008 ALESSANDRO MICHELE Adriana Sartogo
2007 GIUSEPPE DE GENNARO Giusi Ferrè
2006 TOMMASO AQUILANO Beppe Modenese
2003 GIUSEPPE FANELLI Beppe Modenese & Enrico Gasbarra
2002 FILIPPO CILIA Beppe Modenese
2001 DANIELA D’ORTENZI Laura Biagiotti
2000 FRIDA GIANNINI Mario Boselli
1999 RAFFAELE BORRIELLO Beppe Modenese
1998 ALBINO D’AMATO Beppe Modenese
1997 GIORGIO SUSSENBACHER Beppe Modenese
1996 SONIA TRAVAGLIA Bruno Piattelli
1995 VINCENZO VACCARO Beppe Modenese
1994 VINCENZO GRASSO Bruno Piattelli
1993 MARZIA DEVOTO Micol Fontana
1992 ROBERTO LEPORE Giuseppe della Schiava
1991 ALESSIA VITTI Giuseppe della Schiava
1990 LUISA MAZZA Alberto Castagna
1990 MAURIZIO GALANTE Beppe Modenese
1989 LUCA ELENA Micol Fontana
1988 ANTONIO MANCINELLI Prof. Giovanni Caradente
1987 GIAMPIERO ARCESE Bruno Piattelli
1986 LOREDANA DI FUSCO Vittorio Barattieri
1985 ELISABETTA PROIETTI & CINZIA BAIOCCHI Antonietta Drago
1984 PIERANGELO PAVAN & MARIOLINA SOAVE Bruno Piattelli
1983 CARLO ALBERTO VITAL Luciano Forneris
1982 MARIA A.BUTTIN GRABAU & ANNA SAMPIETRO Gianni Bulgari
1981 PAK KEUNG LIN Brunetta Mateldi
1980 LUCIA FORTE Bruno Piattelli
1979 PAOLA FUGA & CRISTIANO GENTILI Lorenza Trucchi
1978 URSULA OBERRAUCH Ruggero Orlando
1977 MARINO CHMET Colette Rosselli
1976 LILIANA TUDINI & EDGARDO WONGVALLE Ettore della Giovanna
1975 CINTHIA GORDANI Elsa Robiola
1974 ARTHUR TAMBUNAM & TAMARA ALESSI Gilberto Bernabei
1973 ALESSANDRA BELCREDI & ANDREA BARABINO Flora Antonioni
1972 GIOVANNA TAMBURRINI & CHRISTINE BORG James Brady
1971 GORDANA MILETIC & ROBERTO LONGO Rosana Pistolese
1970 PATRIZIA SLEITER Nancy White
1969 SERGIO BINI Rosana Pistolese