Childhood & Early Life
Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934 in the Italian town of Piacenza. His father was a shipping manager and he grew up in a humble background.
After high school, he enrolled in the Department of Medicine at the University of Milan, but left after three years to join the army in 1953.
He found a job as a window dresser in a departmental store. After that, as a salesman in the menswear department, so he learned about fashion designing and marketing. He joined the Nino Cerutti company in the mid-1960’s as a designer for menswear. At the same time, he also sent his designs to various other garments manufacturers.
During the late 1960’s he met Sergio Galeotti, who inspired him to open his own office in 1973.
All through the early 1970’s, Armani freelanced for a number of better known fashion houses like Allegri, Hilton, Gibo, etc.
His success let him create his own label. Along with Galeotti, he formed the Giorgio Armani S.p.A in Milan in 1975. He presented a range of ready-to-wear collection for both men and women in1976.
In 1979, he founded the Giorgio Armani Corporation. He introduced several product lines under his Giorgio Armani brand: Le Collezioni, Underwear and Swimwear, and accessories.
In the 1980’s, the company introduced Armani Junior, Armani Jeans, and Emporio Armani lines.
Armani also developed a close relationship with Hollywood over time by designing costumes for over 100 films.
His first biggest achievement was the founding of his company Giorgio Armani.
He opened the U.S branch, Giorgio Armani Corporation in New York.
He also found great success as a fashion designer for movie stars.
Awards & Achievements
The Neiman Marcus Award in 1979.
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1987.
Personal Life & Legacy
Armani was so busy with his career that he did not have time for women. He is very close to his siblings and their children.