Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934, in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Kingdom of Italy, to Maria Raimondi and Ugo Armani. His father was a shipping manager. Born in a humble family, he faced a tough time which was shadowed with aftermaths of the Second World War.
He grew up with his older brother Sergio and younger sister Rosanna in a small town outside of Milan. They experienced the hardships of World War II firsthand. Some of his friends were killed during the Allied bombings. "We were poor and life was tough," he once told. "The cinema in Milan was a refuge - a palace of dreams - and the movie stars seemed so glamorous. I fell in love with the idealized beauty of Hollywood stars."