Giorgio Armani: Fashion Designer Facts & History


BirthplacePiacenza, Italy
BirthdateJuly 11, 1934
Military ServiceServed in the Italian Army, 1953-54
Career Highlights1954: Window display designer, La Rinascente department stores
1954-60: Stylist, menswear buyer, La Rinascente stores
1960-70: Menswear designer, Nino Cerruti
1970-75: Freelance designer
1974: Introduced Armani menswear collection
1975: Introduced womenswear collection
1980: Giorgio Armani USA formed
1981: Introduced Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani
1987: Introduced less expensive womenswear range, Mani
1987: Introduced Giorgio Armani Occhali and Giorgio Armani Calze
1989: Introduced sportswear range and Emporio Armani shops selling younger collection
1991: AX, Armani Exchange, boutiques introducing lower priced basic quality clothes launched in USA
Fragrances1982: Armani le Parfum
1984: Armani Eau pour Homme
1992: Gio
Awards1979: Nieman Marcus Award
1980, 1981 & 1984: Cutty Sark Awards
1982: Gentlemen’s Quarterly Award
1982: Grand’Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito Award
1983: Gold Medal from Municipality of Piacenza
1983, 1987: Council of Fashion Designers of America International Designer Award
1986: Bath Museum of Costume Dress Award
1987: Lifetime Achievement Award
1988: Christobal Balenciaga Award
1989, 1992: Woolmark Award

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