In 1979, Giorgio Armani received the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
In 1983 Giorgio Armani was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as best international designer.
1985 - 1986
In 1985, the designer was named a Commander of the Republic. He was then appointed the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1986 and the honorific Grand Knight of the Republic in 1987 — the most prestigious awards granted by the Italian government.
In 1987 the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) awarded Giorgio Armani the Lifetime Achievement Award for menswear.
In 1990, he received an award from the animal rights association PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Washington, D.C.
In 1991, Giorgio Armani received a doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London, along with honorary degrees from the Accademia di Brera and Saint Martins School of Art and Design. In 2007, the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano awarded the designer an honorary degree in Industrial Design.
In 1993 the designer received an honorary degree from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
In 2000 Giorgio Armani received the David di Donatello award in Rome for his contribution to cinema.
Giorgio Armani was named Goodwill Ambassador by the UNHCR (The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in 2002.
In 2003, Giorgio Armani was honoured by the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style in Beverly Hills, California, when he received a plaque on the sidewalk of the famous Rodeo Drive, celebrating his contribution to the worlds of cinema and Hollywood.
In 2006 Giorgio Armani received the Leonardo award from the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, as the greatest representative of 'Italian quality' in the world.
In 2008, the stylist was awarded the Legion of Honour, the highest honour granted by the French Republic.
New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, pronounced 24 October 2013 “Giorgio Armani Day” in occasion of the event “One Night Only New York” for his contribution to the global fashion industry and his long-term ties with the city.
In 2014 the designer received the Compasso d'Oro Award for lifetime achievement for revolutionizing the world of ready-to-wear, contributing to the promotion of the 'Made in Italy' image around the world.
In 2015, Giorgio Armani was named Special Ambassador to the World Expo in Milan.
To commemorate Milan’s Fashion Week in 2017, the first “Green Carpet Fashion Awards Italia” were presented by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion (Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana) in collaboration with Eco-Age, along with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico) and the support of the City of Milan. Giorgio Armani received recognition for the group’s role in drafting the "Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories” as commissioned by the Chamber of Fashion.
In 2019, the designer received the John B. Fairchild Award in New York and the Outstanding Achievement Award in London.
In 2020, he was awarded the Premio Parete (the Parete Prize), an honour granted by Milan’s Bocconi University. He was also named as a new special ambassador of sustainable tourism by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Giorgio Armani was named Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of the Italian Republic.
On the occasion of the 2022 Sustainable Fashion Awards, the award ceremony dedicated to recognizing the commitment to sustainability organized by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Chamber for Italian Fashion), Giorgio Armani is honored with the Visionary Award, an important accolade assigned for the sense of responsibility and ethics that have always distinguished his work.
On Thursday 11 May 2023, Giorgio Armani received an honorary degree in Global Business Management from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore at the municipal theater of Piacenza, his native city.