Fundoo Times
In the world of fashion, the name of Giorgio Armani is synonymous with fashion. Get information on life of Giorgio Armani and his collection.

Giorgio Armani

Birth: July 11, 1934
Place of birth: Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna
Couture line: Armani

Giorgio Armani is one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the industry. This Italian fashion designer has been famous for his contribution to the fashion industry which is impeccable. Known for his clean and tabled lines, he is particularly popular for his menswear. His well-cut and well-designed suits were considered the best any designer could offer. His creativity has progressed each season not changing drastically but evolving each time with the change of trend.

Early life
Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934 in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna. He initially was trained in medicine but soon realized his passion for photography. In the year 1957 he was called up for national service. He then worked in a department store, La Rinascente, as a window dresser. His career in fashion started in 1961 when he worked as a designer for a well-known fashion house Nino Cerruti. He worked there for almost a decade after which he left to pursue freelance work. It was in the year 1974 when he launched his own brand Armani with his partner Sergio Galeotti.

Promotions and success
Armani's brand had launched with the menswear collection in 1974. In the following year he also launched the womeswear line. Armani tasted international success when he started designing for numerous Hollywood names especially Richard Gere for his title role in American Gigolo in 1980. Giorgio Armani has a large mansion on the small island of Antigua. An avid lover of sports Armani is also the president of Olimpia Milano basketball team. An Inter Milan fan, he has twice designed suits for the England national football team. He has been responsible for the suits worn by England's Chelsea FC since August 2007. He also designed the ceremonial Italian flag-bearers' outfits at the 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Turin. Apart from these he has also achieved a couple of first in his designing career.
  • Armani was among the first designers to ban models with a body mass index (BMI) under 18
  • In January 2007 Armani became the first designer to broadcast a haute couture fashion show live on the Internet.
  • Armani teamed up with Samsung to make the Giorgio Armani cell phone
  • He also won the CFDA International Award in 1983.
  • In 2001, Forbes named him the most successful Italian designer. He is also involved with charity work. In 2002 he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He has designed clothing for Bobby Shrivers and Bonos RED campaign. The products are sold at Emporio Armani.
Brand and Clientele
The brand which evolved in the year 1974 has seen a major change in the fashion fraternity and has been one of the contributors for the change. The brand which started with menswear and womenswear has expanded its reach to fragrance, shoes, handbag, wallet, eye gear, etc. The brand is available in all the major shopping destinations and has clients globally.