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Giorgio Armani

designer

Giorgio Armani is an iconic clothing designer who has expanded his empire to include restaurants and hotels. His popularity skyrocketed in America in the 1980s when his men's 'power suits' appeared frequently on the television series Miami Vice and in the 1980 film American Gigolo, which starred Richard Gere in Armani's signature garb. Award, Council of Fashion Designers of America 1983; Award 1987; Award 1988.

Background

Ethnicity: 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, who was of Armenian-Italian descent.

ARMANI, Giorgio was born on July 11, 1934 in Piacenza. Son of late Ugo Armani and of Maria Raimondi.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.

Education

Liceo School, Piacenza and University of Milan.

Career

Assistant, buyer La Rinascente, Milan 1957-1964. Designer and Product Developer Hitman (menswear co. of Cerruti group) 1964-1970. Freelance designer for several firms 1970.

Founded Giorgio Armani SpA with Sergio Galeotti 1975, achieved particular success with unconstructed jackets of mannish cut for women, trademarks also in babywear, underwear, accessories, perfume. Appeared on cover of Time 1982.

Views

In a new interview with Elle UK, the 78-year-old Italian, who has been in the industry for 30 years, says he has given his life to fashion and has missed out on the simple things that others take for granted.

‘Life, I have sacrificed life,’ he laments. ‘The life of a young man when I first started out and the life of a grown man at the age I am now.

'It is even more so now. Even harder, which is very sad because life is all about friendships, discovering people’s personalities, falling in love, not just once or twice, but often.’

Mr Armani, who has an estimated personal fortune of $7 billion, explains that he feels like he barely knows Milan, despite having lived there since 1957.

‘People tell me of Milan,’ he says.

And the silver-haired mogul, who spent two years in medical school before deciding to pursue a career in fashion, also lashed out at fellow Italian designers like Roberto Cavalli, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana in the interview, describing them as ‘burlesque’.

Quotations: ‘These designers have no reserve,’ he says. ‘They’ve chosen a path and thrown themselves onto it head first, regardless of everything.

Personality

Armani lives what he calls an “absolutely banal” or dull life in his 400-year-old palazzo (palace) in Milan. This building houses his studio, his two-level apartment, an indoor pool, and apartments for both his mother and for his partner, Galeotti. At the center of the palazzo is a ballroom where he puts on fashion shows. While he is known in Milan as “The Maestro,” Armani is a shy man who prefers not to be in the limelight. A vegetarian, a non-smoker, and a nondrinker, he describes himself as a workaholic who oversees every detail of production at his company, from designing to advertising. He considers his employees his “family.”

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  • “Fashion critics have praised Armani’s designs for their elegant simplicity, prompting New York Times writer Bernadine Morris to refer to him as “the world’s master tailor.” Celebrities such as John F. Kennedy, Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jodie Foster regularly wear Armani clothes. In the music world, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt has modeled his fashions, and Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers has become known for his trademark black Armani suit. Thus, more than two decades after launching his own line of clothing, Armani continues to shape the worldwide fashion industry.”

Connections

Biological mother:
Maria Raimondi - Italian

Biological father:
Ugo Armani - Armenian-Italian

Boyfriend, lover:
Sergio Galeotti - Italian - architect

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.