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Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani at the Red day Party in GUM, Moscow
Born (1934-07-11) 11 July 1934
Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Fashion designer
Parent(s) Ugo Armani
Maria Raimondi
Awards CFDA International Award for 1983
Labels Giorgio Armani S.p.A., Armani Collezioni, Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange, Armani Junior, Armani Casa, Armani Dolci, Armani Caffé, Armani Fiori, Armani Hotels, Armani Ristorante

Giorgio Armani (Italian pronunciation: ; born 11 July 1934) is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was acclaimed as the most successful designer that Italy has produced,[1] with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a personal fortune of $8.5 billion as of 2013.[2] He is credited with pioneering red-carpet fashion.[3]

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • Design career 2
  • Innovations 3
  • Music 4
  • Sport 5
  • Personal life 6
  • Awards and honours 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early years

Armani was born in the northern Italian town of Piacenza, where he was raised with older brother Sergio and younger sister Rosanna by his mother Maria Raimondi and father Ugo Armani. Whilst at secondary school at the Liceo Scientifico Respighi in Piacenza, Armani aspired to a career in medicine, particularly after reading A. J. Cronin's The Citadel. He enrolled in the Department of Medicine at the University of Milan, but after three years, in 1953, he left and joined the army. Due to his medical background, he was assigned to the Military Hospital in Verona, where he would attend shows at the Arena. He eventually decided to look for a different career path.[4]

Design career

After his stint in the armed forces, Armani found a job as a window dresser at

  • www.giorgioarmani.com — Company website
  • Giorgio Armani, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
  • Giorgio Armani interview with Harper's Bazaar
  • Giorgio Armani costume design drawings for AMERICAN GIGOLO, 1980, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

External links

  • Mackenzie, Suzie (2004-12-11). "The gentle touch". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  • McCartney, Stella (2006-05-16). "The wisdom of King Giorgio". Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  • "Q & A: Giorgio Armani". The Scene (CNN). 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  • Schinke, Amanda (2008-10-07). "Liar, Liar, Armani on Fire!". PETA. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  • Giorgio Armani, Spring-Summer Couture
  • Giorgio Armani - The Businessman, the Designer and the Brand
Other sources
  • Molho, Renata (2007). Being Armani: A Biography. Milan: Baldini Castoldi Dalai.  
Citations – books
  1. ^ Craven, Jo (2011-05-11). "Giorgio Armani biography". Vogue.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Giorgio Armani". The World's Billionaires. Forbes. March 2012. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Giorgio Armani: the man who invented red-carpet dressing".  
  4. ^ Molho 2007, pp. 28–29.
  5. ^ Molho 2007, pp. 33–36.
  6. ^ Molho 2007, pp. 38–39, 41, 49.
  7. ^ "Giorgio Armani costume design drawings for AMERICAN GIGOLO". Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Where's Eric!Eric Clapton Tourdates 1996
  9. ^ Eric Clapton My Life - The Autubiography
  10. ^ "The Corrida Goyesca"Giorgio Armani Designs Costume for Cayetano Rivera Ordonez for . Armani Press. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  11. ^ "Giorgio Armani brings haute couture live to Internet". EnjoyFashion. 2007-01-25. 
  12. ^ Giorgio Armani, The Father Of Italian Fashion
  13. ^ a b Alexander, Hilary (2003-05-19). "Armani turns England out in a style that will suit Beckham". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  14. ^ "Giorgio Armani Biography". WhyFame. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  15. ^ PR Newswire on behalf of Giorgio Armani. "Giorgio Armani Presents New England Football Team Off-Field Wardrobe for European Championships". Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  16. ^ Barnett, Leisa (2007-08-03). "An Excellent Pitch". Vogue. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  17. ^ a b Aldern, Natalie (2011-07-13). "Armani to Design Italian Olympic Uniforms". Italy Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  18. ^ "Chelsea unveil latest big-name signing".  
  19. ^ http://www.glbtq.com/arts/armani_g.html
  20. ^ http://nymag.com/fashion/features/48893/index3.html
  21. ^ http://www.luxemag.org/fashion-designers/giorgio-armani-sergio-galeotti.html

References

Year Award / Recognition (Selection)
1987

CFDA International Award

1991

Presented honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art

1998

Bambi

2003

Inducted to the Walk of Style

2006

Gentlemen's Quarterly Man Of The Year

2008

Promoted Officer of the Legion of Honour

2009

Bambi for Creativity

Giorgio Armani Honor at the Walk of Style, Beverly Hills

Awards and honours

Armani is an intensely private man, but has publicly identified as bisexual. He had a longstanding relationship with architect Sergio Galeotti, who died of AIDS-related complications in 1985.[19][20][21]

Personal life

[18] The

Giorgio Armani has a keen interest in sports. He is the president of the Olimpia Milano basketball team,[12] and an Inter Milan fan.[13][14] He has twice designed suits for the England national football team.[13][15] He has since designed suits worn by players of the London club Chelsea since August 2007.[16] He designed the Italian flag bearers' outfits at the opening ceremony at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin,[17] and also designed Italy's Olympic uniforms for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[17] Armani also designed and introduced the EA7 range, a brand inspired by Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko, who at the time played for A.C. Milan and wore the number 7 jersey.

Giorgio Armani - Vogue Fashion's Night Out Sept.10 2009 - MILANO

Sport

Armani Musica presents Emporio Armani Caffè compilations, a series of special CD compilations curated by Giorgio Armani with dj-sound designer Matteo Ceccarini, offering an eclectic mix of conceptual sounds and underground rhythms.

Music

Armani has designed many stage outfits for pop superstar Lady Gaga, including those worn on her record breaking Monster Ball Tour and Born This Way Ball Tour. In addition, he has also designed for many high-profile award shows, such as the 52nd Grammy Awards and the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

After LG teamed with Prada to introduce the LG Prada phone, Samsung joined Armani to design the Giorgio Armani phone.

Armani broadcast his collection live on the Internet, the first in the world of haute couture, on 24 January 2007. The Armani Privé Spring/Summer 2007 fashion show was broadcast via MSN and Cingular cellular phones.[11]

Armani was the first designer to ban models with a body mass index (BMI) under 18, after model Ana Carolina Reston starved herself to death due to anorexia nervosa.

Innovations

As of 2009, Armani has a retail network of 60 Giorgio Armani boutiques, 11 Collezioni, 122 Emporio Armani, 94 A/X Armani exchange, 1 Giorgio Armani Accessori, and 13 Armani Junior stores spread over 37 different countries.

In 2008, Armani designed the bullfighting costume, called the "Goyesco", worn by Spanish bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez at the "Corrida Goyesca" in Ronda, Spain. They have also collaborated on several fashion shows and other events.[10]

He also prepared to break in the Chinese market by opening up his first store in that country in 1998. The small shop in Beijing was followed by a flagship store in Shanghai in 2004 and plans for 40 by 2011. In 2000, Giorgio Armani SpA was introducing new lines of cosmetics and home furnishings, and expanding its line of accessories. At the same time, the Guggenheim Museum in New York hosted an exhibition of Armani's work, a first for a living designer. With average attendance of 29,000 a week, the show featured Armani's eveningwear for women which, although one of the designer's strong areas, was not even his main interest.

In 1996 his long-time friend Eric Clapton composed some songs for Armani's fashion shows and is since dressed in Armani. Later that year Clapton opened two Emporio Armani stores in New York City.[8] In 1998 Armani hosted a party for Clapton Crossroads guitar auction.[9]

Armani's men's and women's skiwear and ski casualwear line was developed in 1995. His 1991 project, A/X: Armani Exchange, represented Armani's attempt to break into the American mass market, offering lower prices for the relaxed chic clothes.

In 1983 the designer modified his agreement with GFT. They began to produce both the Mani line for the United States and his high-end ready-to-wear line, rechristened Borgonuovo 21, after the address of the company's headquarters. During the late 1980s, despite Galeotti's death (1985), Armani continued to expand commercial horizons and licensing agreements. He opened Armani Japan and introduced a line of eyeglasses (1988), socks (1987), a gift collection (1989), and a new "basic" men's and women's line for America known as A/X Armani Exchange (1991). After the frenetic expansion of the 1990s (sportswear, watches, eyeglasses, cosmetics, home, and new accessories collections), 2000, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the brand, saw a flurry of investment activity, including stock sales and the acquisition of new manufacturing capacity intended to increase Armani's control over the quality and distribution of his products.

Armani established an innovative relationship with industry, characterized by the 1978 agreement with Gruppo Finanzario Tessile (GFT), which made it possible to produce luxury ready-to-wear in a manufacturing environment under the attentive supervision of the company's designer. In 1979, after founding the Giorgio Armani Corporation, Armani began producing for the United States and introduced the Main line for men and women. The label became one of the leading names in international fashion with the introduction of several new product lines, including G. A. Le Collezioni, Giorgio Armani Underwear and Swimwear, and Giorgio Armani Accessories. In the early 1980s the company signed an important agreement with American Gigolo (1980),[7] the success of which led to a long-term collaboration with the world of film. Armani designed costumes for more than one hundred films, one of the most important of which was The Untouchables (1987).


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