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10 Italian Fashion Designers You Need to Check Out Now

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Italian fashion designers have long made their mark in the world of fashion. Their creations are some of the most sought after on the entire planet. It was virtually impossible to narrow a list down to a mere ten. These are a few of the best Italian fashion designers – not just in Italy – but the entire world. 

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10 – Nicola Trussardi

He took over the glove-making business that had been in his family since 1910 and turned it into a major company. Soon after taking over, he made sure that the product line included luxury accessories instead of just gloves. Just a few years after, he introduced leather jackets to the Trussardi line, which paved the way for a ready-to-wear line. Around the 1980s, Trussardi also sold menswear, womenswear, children’s wear, and sportswear.

9 – Roberto Cavalli

When he showed his first collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris, he was only 30 years old at the time. He patented and discovered a revolutionary printing procedure on leather. This allowed him to create patchworks of different materials. He opened his Saint-Tropez boutique in 1972.

8 – Donatella Versace

The younger sister of Gianni Versace. She is well known for being the first designer to use noteworthy celebrities to showcase her clothing on the runway. She also pioneered celebrities wearing fashion in advertisements. While she oversees the production of a dozen collections each year, she is also quite famous for her extravagant parties and celebrity friends. 

7 – Laura Biagiotti

Believe it or not, Laura Biagiotti first wanted to become an archeologist. But because she started helping her family in the dressmaking business, she quickly became enthralled with fashion. In 1972, she had her first fashion show. Laura Biagiotti’s style is considered high fashion. 

6 – Fendi

Fendi originally started as a Roman fur and leather shop, but grew to become a high fashion house. Even though Silvia Venturini Fendi has left the artistic design to Karl Lagerfeld, she is still the head of accessories. 

5 – Gianni Versace

Another world famous Italian fashion designer that began studying architecture, but made the transition into high fashion. His first signature collection was presented at the Palazzo della Permanente Art Museum of Milan.  Versace stated on several occasions that his influences included Ancient Greek and Roman art, modern abstract art, and Andy Warhol. He also designed costumes for movies and theatre.

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4 – Valentino

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani – or Valentino for short – was interested in fashion at an early age. Though he apprenticed in Paris under Jacques Fath, Balenciaga, Guy Laroche, and Jean Desses, he made the decision to return to Italy.  In 1962, he made his international debut in Florence. The show was a massive success and immediately he found that his clothes were in high demand. He was considered the undisputed king of Italian fashion designers around the mid-1960s. 

3 – Prada

Prada originally started in Milan as a leather goods shop, founded by Mario Prada. After his passing in the 1950’s, his daughter-in-law took over the company until Mario’s actual daughter took over in 1970. Prada’s popularity only rose and became a symbol for affluent working women in positions of power. Prada quickly became a premium status symbol. 

2 – Dolce & Gabbana

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce came together to form Dolce & Gabbana. Though they had originally begun working together as a romantic item, they ended their romantic relationship in 2005. Unlike many other couples, they were able to work together as business partners. D&G is currently one of the most financially successful Italian fashion houses.

1 – Armani

Giorgio Armani is a true Italian design legend. Though he started the Armani label in 1974, it was not until the 80’s that he began to design clothes for Hollywood celebrities. This propelled him to international fame. Forbes named him the most successful Italian fashion designer in 2001. Not only has he remained successful, he was also the first designer to take step towards not using overly thin models.

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