Happy Birthday to one of fashion's most significant and influential figures in the world of fashion.
Anyone who’s flipped through the pages of a fashion magazine and knows a thing or two about fashion would recognize the name Giorgio Armani. Giorgio Armani is one of the most lauded and sought after names in high-end fashion, an iconic clothing designer whose countless contributions has allowed him to build an illustrious fashion empire.
Giorgio Armani was born in Piacenza, Italy on July 11, 1934. He grew up in a small town to a poor family, at a time when life was difficult in the region. At a very young age, Armani developed an interest in human anatomy which soon prompted him to pursue a career in medicine. After three years at the University of Milan, he enlisted for the army and had to take a break from his studies. Due to his medical background, he was transferred to an infirmary in Verona. The life of service in a hospital soon convinced him that it was time for him to find his place in a different field.
Armani decided to discontinue his medical studies upon completing his military service. He scored a job as a window dresser at La Rinascente, a department store in Milan. Lady Luck’s smile grew even wider and by the 1960’s he was designing men’s wear for Nino Cerruti. His talent was unmistakable; with much encouragement from his friend Sergio Galeotti, he was soon working freelance as a designer for other fashion houses.
Armani and Galeotti’s personal relationship flourished and in July 1975, they founded Armani S.p.A as business partners. They launched a men’s clothing line on the same year and their women’s collection made its debut on the year that followed. His clothes made waves for their natural fit and understated hues, and soon became a hit in Europe.
It was only in 1980 that Armani’s designs gained recognition in America. His clothes were worn by the stars of the seminal 80’s TV series Miami Vice and Richard Gere in the film _American Gigolo. More stars became interested in his collection, and soon followed suit, donning Armani’s clothes during important Hollywood events.
Giorgio Armani’s contributions to the fashion industry seem never-ending. He has since introduced a variety of product lines—-from ready-to-wear, accessories, underwear and perfume to haute couture and home furnishing. He has even ventured into the hotel industry, having opened his first hotel in Dubai in 2010.
Giorgio Armani’s unwavering sense of style and propensity for business have made him one of the most significant and influential figures in the world of fashion. Cheers to you, Mr. Armani!