8 Best-Known Italian Designers
By: Liz Flynn
Italians are well-known for their sophisticated and stylish sense of fashion and some of the most famous designers in the world come from this country. Here are the top ten fashion designers in Italy.
1. Dolce & Gabbana
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana began their partnership in a romantic relationship before forming the fashion label, Dole & Gabbana. Although their personal relationship ended in 205, they continue to work alongside each other creating some of the most beautiful clothes in the world. Their range of products has expanded beyond clothing and even includes perfume.
When it comes to Italian designer legends, Georgio Armani is one of the best. He first began designing clothes in 1974. However, he wasn’t propelled to international fame until the 1980s when he designed clothes for Hollywood celebrities.
Valentino trained as an apprentice under some of the top names in fashion in Paris. These included Balenciaga, Jacques Fath, Jean Desses and Guy Laroche. He decided to return to Italy, his homeland and his international debut took place in Florence in 1962. For several years after his debut, he was considered by many the king of fashion designers in Italy.
Originally a leather goods store in Milan, the Prada brand was founded by Mario Prada. Although his daughter-in-law took over the company in the 1950s, his own daughter headed the company from 1970 onwards. Prada fashion is often seen as a status symbol and is associated with the power of working women.
5. Gianni Versace
Originally, Versace trained as an architect. However, he decided that his heart lay in the fashion industry; a decision that led to him becoming one of the best-known fashion designers in the world. Some of the influences for his work are from modern abstract art, Roman art and Ancient Greek art.
6. Donatella Versace
Gianni’s younger sister Donatella owns 20% of the Versace brand stock. The designer is well-known for pioneering the use of celebrities, both on the runway and in advertisements. In addition to her fame as a designer, she is notorious for her love of parties and the celebrity social scene.
Fendi was not originally a fashion house. In fact, it was a shop selling leather and Roman fur. The head of accessories is Silvia Venturini Fendi, but the artistic design is the work of Karl Lagerfeld who has become a celebrated designer in his own right.
8. Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli was just 30 when he launched his first collection in Paris and he opened a boutique in Saint-Tropez in 1972. His unique patchworks made using a variety of materials are his signature pieces. He is also well-known for discovering and patenting a technique for printing on leather.
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