italian designers

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana are one of the most successful designers worldwide and are considered Hollywood’s number one choice of designer.  They have some of the most famous clientele which includes Isabella Rossellini,  Madonna, the Beckhams and Sophia Loren.  They created the
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Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Tuscany on 15th November 1940.  He was the son of  Giorgio (a mine surveyor) and Marcella (a tailor) Cavalli.  He enrolled in the local Art Institute in Florence and was very interested in textile print. He caught the attention of major
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Mila Schön

Mila Schön was born in 1916 in Croatia to Italian aristocratic parents. The family relocated to Italy when schön was a child. It wasn’t until she was into her 30’s before she decided to enter the world of fashion.  She is well known for her modern style clothing with
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Trussardi

Nicola Trussardi was born in Bergamo, in the Lombardy region of Italy in 1942 and died in 1999. As well as being a fashion designer and entrepreneur, he attended the Catholic University of Milan and graduated in economics. Dante Trussardi (Nicola Trussardi’s grandfather)
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Prada

Miuccia Bianchi Prada (born Maria Bianchi) was born in 1949 in Milan. She is an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur and has a PhD in Political Science. Mario Prada, the grandfather of Miuccia, founded Prada in Milan in 1914. The company’s success was born from the
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Laura Biagiotti

Laura Biagiotti was born in 1943 in Rome. She started out studying literature in Rome and planned to become an archeologist but then she started to help out at her mother’s dressmaking business and had her first fashion show in 1972. Her mother, Delia Biagiotti, had
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Missoni

Missoni is an Italian fashion house based in Milan. It is famous for its unique knitwear, made in a variety of patterns; stripes, abstract florals and geometrics and are also known for their use of many different fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon and silk. The company was
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Pal Zileri

The Italian fashion house ‘Gruppo forall’ better known under the brand name Pal Zileri was co-founded by Mr. Barizza and Mr. Miola in 1970 in Vicenza (near Venice). Its founding partners had a clear vision: to become a major player in high-end fashion, taking high
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Ermenegildo Zegna

An Italian fashion house that claims to be the world leader in fine men’s clothing. Founded by Ermenegildo Zegna in 1910 in Trivero (Biellese Prealps), he quickly became known for producing fine quality wool suits. Ermengildo died in 1966 aged 74 and his two sons Aldo and
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Luciano Benetton

Luciano Benetton, the eldest of four children was a 20 year old salesman in Treviso in 1955. When he realised that there was a gap in the market for colourful clothes, he sold his younger brother’s bicycle in order to buy his first second-hand knitting machine. His initial
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Mariuccia Mandelli

Mariuccia Mandelli was born in 1933.  Her passion for fashion and design stemmed from her childhood where she spent most of her time in a friend’s dressmaking shop.  In later years, she trained as a teacher and in the 1950s, began selling skirts and dresses which she became
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Salvatore Ferragamo – Italian Shoe Designer

Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Avellino (the eleventh of fourteen children). He was an Italian shoe designer and after working with many famous Hollywood stars in the 1920s, he founded the company Ferragamo which became famous for its unique hand-made
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