Published: 2022-12-12 ǀ Updated: 2023-05-31
Giorgio Armani Biography
Giorgio Armani (* July 11, 1934 in Piacenza, Italy) is considered one of the greatest fashion designers of the 20th century. The billionaire entrepreneur is still the sole owner of the fashion label Giorgio Armani SpA, which has always been a symbol of elegance and style in muted colors.
After dropping out of medical school, Armani first worked as a window dresser and exhibition arranger, and from 1957 as a fashion buyer in a men's boutique in Milan.
Designs suits for Nino Cerruti.
Armani runs his first design studio with his partner Sergio Galeotti.
The designer creates his first collection, and the following year he starts his own company.
Armani has his breakthrough in the USA, where he quickly achieves international fame by designing costumes for films such as "The Untouchables (1976)" and "A Man for Certain Hours (1980)".
After initially making a name for himself with menswear, Armani launchs his first women's collection. In the same year, he designs the uniforms of the Italian Air Force and creates his first perfume.
His partner Galeotti, who had been a managing director in the company, dies. Armani not only takes over his 50% share of the company, but also his duties.
Armani is awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art.
Armani is sentenced to a nine-month suspended sentence following an accusation of bribery to the Italian tax authorities.
Armani provided Eric Clapton with stage outfits, who in turn composed the music for Armani fashion shows in subsequent years. More stage outfits for international stars such as Billy Joel and Tina Turner follow.
The first Armani restaurant opens in Paris. Other restaurants, hotels, decor boutiques, around the world follow. Also exclusive nightclubs in Milan and Dubai, and an exquisite line of furnishings.
Armani becomes a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The designer unveils a convertible he has specially designed, the "CLK Giorgio Armani Design Car."
A cooperation with Samsung results in a giant LCD TV and a smartphone as an extension of his lifestyle collection.
Armani becomes the owner of the Olimpia Milano basketball club. Also in 2008, he is appointed an officer of the Legion of Honor.
- Armani remains the sole shareholder of his company until now. He oversees all corporate processes, brand image and also licensing.