Irene Galitzine

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Irene Galitzine
Irene Galitzine 1970.jpg
Born(1916-07-22)July 22, 1916
Died20 October 2006(2006-10-20) (aged 90)
Rome, Italy
Known forIllustration, Fashion Design

Irene Galitzine in the 1950s

Princess Irene Galitzine (Georgian: ირინა გალიცინი; Russian: Ирен Голицына; 22 July 1916 in Tbilisi, Georgia – 20 October 2006 in Rome, Italy) was a Russian-Georgian fashion designer whose most renowned creation was the "palazzo pyjama". She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1965.[1]


Galitzine was born to Prince Boris (1878–1958), an official of the imperial guard who belonged to the aristocratic Galitzine family, whose origins date back to 1200 and a Georgian mother, Princess Nina Lazareff (Lazarashvili, 1888–1957).[2] However, her family were forced to flee the country following the 1917 October Revolution, and took up residence in Italy.

After studying art in Rome, English at Cambridge and French at the Sorbonne, Galitzine joined the Italian designers Sorelle Fontana in 1943[3] and worked with them for 3 years.

In 1946 she opened her own salon and presented her first collection. In 1960, she achieved great success with the launch of her "palazzo pyjamas" which were wide legged evening trousers made of soft silk. Evening pyjamas became a firm fixture of the fashion scene during the 1960s. Currently, some of her original "palazzo pyjama" collection still exist in important museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Costume Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1962 she was named Designer of the Year by the Italian fashion press and in 1965 she won the British Sunday Times International Fashion Award. Since then, her creations have been worn by some of the most famous women in the world such as Sofia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Lee Radziwill, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Ira von Fürstenberg, Queen Paola of Belgium, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Duchess of Windsor, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, Merle Oberon, Audrey Hepburn, Marella Agnelli, Greta Garbo, Catherine Spaak, Pamela Churchill Harriman and Claudia Cardinale.

In 1990, the Galitzine label was purchased by the Xines Company. In September 1996, Galitizine opened her first boutique in Moscow, and in November of the same year she published her biography entitled "From Russia to Russia".

Irene Galitzine was married on 29 July 1949, in Rome, to Silvio Medici de Menezes (1903–1989).[4] On 20 October 2006, she died at her home in Rome, aged 90.


  1. ^ The International Best-Dressed List. Vanity Fair
  2. ^ Irene, zarina del Made in Italy – Irene, zarina del Made in Italy Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ Wilson, Eric (22 October 2006) "Princess Irene Galitzine Dies; Founder of a Fashion House", New York Times
  4. ^ Galitzine. Retrieved on 28 July 2015.

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  • Княжна Голицына – принцесса моды / Редакторы-составители Е.А. Скаммакка дель Мурго, М. Г. Талалай. — М.: ООО «Старая Басманная», 2019. – 212 с., XXXII с. ил. — ISBN 978-5-907169-00-5