Born into a humble family, Giorgio Armani went to the local public school and developed a love for the theatre and cinema. In 1957, he took a job at the Milan department store La Rinascente. He worked briefly as an assistant photographer, before accepting a promotion to its style office, where he imported products from India, Japan, and the US.
Born: July 11, 1934, in Piacenza, Italy
First break: Assistant designer for Nino Cerruti
Company founded: 1974
Based in: Milan
Men’s lines: Armani Jeans (1981), Emporio Armani (1981), Armani Exchange (1991)
Selected awards: GQ Best Fashion Designer (1981), CFDA (1983), GQ Man of the Year (1996), Fashion Group International Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)
Signature quote: "Elegance over excess.”
Worn by: Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Pat Riley, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Random facts: Armani attended two years of med school before becoming a designer; chosen in 2003 by David Beckham to design England’s soccer uniforms.
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