1972    Mari Jászai Prize   For the new Hungarian Dramas on stage   Budapest


1972    Best Costume Prize   VI. Transdanubium Theatres Festival   Kaposvár


1976    National Pirandello Prize   Agrigento


1979    Zsigmond Móricz Medallion   Budapest


1981    Diploma   6th International Triennale of Theatre Scenography & Costumography   Novi Sad


1983   Imre Madách Plaquette   18 x costume design versions of „The Tragedy of Man” play   Budapest


1983   Golden Ring of the Hungarian National Theatre   After 25 years working relationship


1983   50th Anniversary Medal   Szeged Open-Air Festival   Szeged


1985   Merited Artist   The House of Parliament   Budapest


1985   Best Costume Design   Molière Tartuffe   IV. National Theatre Festival   Budapest


1986   Hungarian Television Award for Excellence   Budapest


1988 & 1989  Henry Spéter Elizabeth Prize   Generous private Donation for Hungarian Artists   Budapest


1990  Gold Medal of International Scenography & Costume Fair   Novi Sad   Serbia


1998   Excellent Artist   The House of Parliament   Budapest


1999   Best Costume Prize   Békés County Jókai Theatre   Békéscsaba


2006 Kossuth Prize  The House of Parliament  Budapest

Nelly Vágó has been showed a behavioral example during her life. Her good nature, humility of the profession and her intelligence represents an example to follow. The dedicated costume designer receives the commemorative medal in the Hungarian State Opera House with a short laudation. The award keeps Nelly Vágó’s outstanding lifetime achievements and demonstrate the value of a costume designer.


The commemorative medal is given every year to a costume designer who complies the following requirements and represents outstanding professional performance:

Diploma of a Fine Art University

Professional drawing & sophisticated design skills

Ability of choosing the suitable textiles for the costume designs

Active participation of the creation process