Giorgio Armani's Faces of Sport Features Special Olympics Athletes

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Giorgio Armani's Faces of Sport Features Special Olympics Athletes


On January 11, 2003, in Milan, Italy, Giorgio Armani announced the publication, in May, of Facce da Sport/Faces of Sport, a book of photographs of athletes from around the world, including Special Olympics athletes. The announcement included a special preview edition of the book and an exhibition of photographs from the book in the Armani/Arte gallery at the Armani/ Via Manzoni store in Milan, Italy, coinciding with the opening day of the Fall/Winter 2004 Milan Men's Fashion Week.

Faces of Sport, which was published in May by the art publishing house Skira, is part of an Armani fundraising and awareness campaign on behalf of Special Olympics. All profits from sales of the book benefit Special Olympics. The photo exhibition in Milan was open to the public until March 1, 2004.

"This promises to be a memorable year for sport with the Summer Olympic Games returning to Greece, their country of origin, and the European Football Championships being held in Portugal," commented Giorgio Armani. "I see sportsmen and women as the modern-day gladiators, captivating us both on and off the field. In this book I have set out to record my collaborations with some of the world's most talented and exceptional athletes, among whom are several truly inspiring Special Olympics athletes."

Armani continued, "In sport we see people strive for excellence, both mentally and physically, and it is this drive that I admire. Many of the portraits in the book locus on the faces of the subjects. People are always fascinated by the bodies of athletes, but the secret of their drive, ambition, and passion can be seen in their faces and can be interpreted through their expressions. For this reason, many of the portraits in this book focus on the face. These are the Faces of Sport."

Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, said, "The faces of our athletes, side by side with their more well-known peers, are an invitation to the world to think differently about their ability. …

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