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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934 in the northern Italian town of Piacenza to a humble family.

Giorgio was curious about the human form from an early age. He recalled to The Guardian that as a child, he would "make dolls out of mud with a coffee bean hidden inside."

Armani originally decided to pursue a medical career after reading A.J. Cronin's The Citadel, He enrolled at the University of Milan to study medicine.

After attending the University of Milan for two years, Armani pursued a career in photography before going to work at La Rinascente department store in Milan in the mid-1950s.

Giorgio Armani, in September 1997

He pioneered the ‘unstructured jacket’ and the ‘power suit’ for both men and women during the 1980s.

Armani was the first designer to ban models with a body mass index of under 18, after models Luisel Ramos and Ana Carolina Reston starved themselves to death due to anorexia nervosa in 2006.

Armani was the first fashion designer to be honored with an exhibition at London's Royal Academy.

He has designed many stage outfits for pop superstar Lady Gaga, including those worn on her record breaking Monster Ball and Born This Way tours.

Armani is largely responsible for making Milan into a major world center of fashion.


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