Famous Italian Fashion Designers

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Find out more about the greatest Italian Fashion Designers, including Gianni Versace, Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada and Roberto Cavalli.
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Gianni Versace
(Italian Fashion Designer, Businessman and Founder of ‘Versace’)
Gianni Versace
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Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15, 1997
Legendary Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace founded the brand Versace, reputed worldwide for its luxury products, including clothes, accessories, and fragrances. He had also designed for renowned artists and for series and movies, too. He was shot dead outside his Miami mansion, Casa Casuarina, by Andrew Cunanan. 
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Donatella Versace
(Fashion Designer and Chief Creative Designer of the Luxury Fashion House 'Versace')
Donatella Versace
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 
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Guccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)
Guccio Gucci
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Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 2, 1953
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.
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Pierre Cardin
(Italian-French Fashion Designer Known for His Avant-Garde Style and Space Age Designs)
Pierre Cardin
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Birthdate: July 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Biagio di Callalta, Italy
Died: December 29, 2020

Italian-born French fashion designer Pierre Cardin revolutionized unisex fashion with his geometric designs. His wine merchant father wanted him to study architecture, but Cardin deviated to fashion instead, starting his career as a men’s tailor. He introduced the Space Age look and also licensed his name out to other products.

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Antonio D’Amico
(Italian Model and Fashion Designer)
Antonio D’Amico
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Birthdate: January 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mesagne, Italy

Antonio D'Amico is an Italian fashion designer and model. After working as a designer for the luxury fashion company Versace, D'Amico went on to found his own fashion design company. Also known for his long-term relationship with Gianni Versace, D'Amico is often depicted in films and TV series that talk about the founder of Versace

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Chiara Ferragni
(Italian Businesswoman, Fashion Designer and Founder of Fashion Blog ‘The Blonde Salad’)
Chiara Ferragni
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Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
While studying law in Milan, Chiara Ferragni discovered her love for fashion and started The Blonde Salad, her fashion blog. She dropped out of university, only to be featured on Forbes 30 under 30, as a top fashion influencer. She has also been the subject of a Harvard case study.
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Giorgio Armani
(Italian Fashion Designer)
Giorgio Armani
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Birthdate: July 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani initially worked for Cerruti and others such as Allegri and Hilton. He founded his menswear fashion brand Armani in 1975 and later diversified into sport, hospitality, and music. He is known for designing red-carpet looks and won the CFDA International Award in 1983.
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Valentino
(Italian Fashion Designer Known for Garments in His Trademark 'Valentino Red')
Valentino
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Birthdate: May 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Voghera, Italy

Valentino is an Italian fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular luxury fashion house Valentino S.p.A. A prominent and influential fashion designer, Valentino has received several prestigious awards throughout his career. He is the recipient of the Couture Council Award and the Golden Plate Award. 

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Allegra Versace
(Italian Heiress, Director of ‘Gianni Versace S.p.A.’ and Daughter of Fashion Designer Donatella Versace )
Allegra Versace
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Birthdate: June 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Italian-American socialite Allegra Versace is the heiress of the international fashion line Versace. Daughter of designer Donatella Versace and model Paul Beck, Allegra has previously worked as a theatrical dresser and is the director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. She has had a long battle with anorexia.
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Simonetta Stefanelli
(Best Known for Her Role of 'Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone' in the Film 'The Godfather')
Simonetta Stefanelli
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Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Simonetta Stefanelli is an Italian fashion designer, entrepreneur, and former actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone in the popular crime film, The Godfather. After retiring from acting in 1992, Simonetta Stefanelli became an entrepreneur. She owns a fashion store called Simo Bloom, where she designs shoes and purses.

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Aldo Gucci
(Businessman, Fashion designer)
Aldo Gucci
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Birthdate: May 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: January 19, 1990
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Elsa Schiaparelli
(Italian Fashion Designer Famous for Her Surrealist Fashions of the 1930s and for Her Witty Accessories)
Elsa Schiaparelli
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Birthdate: September 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 13, 1973

Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer who designed the wardrobes for many films like Topaze and Moulin Rouge. Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of fashion, Schiaparelli was considered the greatest rival of Coco Chanel.

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Salvatore Ferragamo
(Designer known as Founder of Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.)
Salvatore Ferragamo
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Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bonito, Italy
Died: August 7, 1960

Salvatore Ferragamo was an Italian shoe designer. An innovative designer, Ferragamo is remembered for inventing the Cage heel. Also a pioneering shoe designer, Ferragamo experimented with materials including fish, crocodile, and kangaroo skin. He is also credited with founding the popular luxury goods company, Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. Today, his company has extended its operations to include a ready-to-wear clothing line.

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Alessandro Michele
(Fashion Designer)
Alessandro Michele
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Birthdate: November 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Alessandro Michele grew up in Rome and picked up elements of European street style, which he later included in his designs. The award-winning fashion designer worked with Les Copains and Fendi before joining Gucci, where he is now the creative director. He is known for his signature Christ-like appearance.

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Miuccia Prada
(Italian Billionaire Fashion Designer and Co-CEO and Head Designer of 'Prada')
Miuccia Prada
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Birthdate: May 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Miuccia Prada is an Italian businesswoman and fashion designer. The granddaughter of Mario Prada, Miuccia is the head designer of the popular luxury fashion house Prada, which was founded by Mario Prada. Miuccia Prada is credited with founding Prada's subsidiary, Miu Miu. In 2014, Miuccia Prada was ranked 75th in Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world list.

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Emilio Pucci
(Italian Fashion Designer Known for His Kaleidoscopic Colors and Geometric Prints)
Emilio Pucci
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Birthdate: November 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: November 29, 1992

Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer turned politician. He is best remembered for his style of creating geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colors. He served as a pilot during World War II and became a fashion designer after the war. He also ventured into politics but didn’t enjoy much success in his political career. 

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Domenico Dolce
(One of the World's Most Influential Fashion Designers and an Industry Icon)
Domenico Dolce
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Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Polizzi Generosa, Italy

Domenico Dolce, part of the world-renowned fashion designer duo Dolce & Gabbana, was born into a family of Italian tailors. Dolce dropped out of fashion school to venture into independent work. He and his partner, Stefano Gabbana, whom he had met at a nightclub, were previously in an open relationship.

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Roberto Cavalli
(Fashion designer)
Roberto Cavalli
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Birthdate: November 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence

Roberto Cavalli is an Italian inventor and fashion designer. He is credited with founding the popular luxury fashion company, Roberto Cavalli S.p.A., which sells leather accessories, perfume, and luxury clothing. Over the years, Cavalli’s company has worked with many leading models like Jessica Stam, Natasha Poly, and Eva Riccobono.

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Stefano Gabbana
(Fashion designer)
Stefano Gabbana
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Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Stefano Gabbana is an Italian fashion designer. He is credited with co-founding the popular luxury fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, along with another important fashion designer Domenico Dolce. Over the years, Dolce and Gabbana have been honored with several awards for their contributions to fashion. In 1991, they were honored with the prestigious International Woolmark Prize.

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Riccardo Tisci
(Chief Creative Officer of Burberry)
Riccardo Tisci
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Birthdate: August 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taranto, Italy

Riccardo Tisci is an Italian fashion designer who has worked with popular fashion and perfume houses like Givenchy. Tisci is credited with designing costumes for popular personalities like Madonna. After ending his association with Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci was made Burberry's chief creative officer in 2018.  

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Mariano Di Vaio
(Blogger and Fashion Designer)
Mariano Di Vaio
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Birthdate: May 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Assisi, Italy
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Sergio Tacchini
(Fashion designer)
Sergio Tacchini
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Birthdate: September 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Novara

Sergio Tacchini is a former professional tennis player turned fashion designer. He entered the Tennis Club of Milan as a teenager and went on to have a successful career in the sport. He then quit tennis to design sportswear and launched his own brand. He initially designed elegant and stylish tennis wear and eventually branched out to other sports. 

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Franco Moschino
(Italian Fashion Designer Best Known as the Founder of the Italian Fashion House 'Moschino')
Franco Moschino
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Birthdate: February 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbiategrasso, Italy
Died: September 18, 1994

Franco Moschino was an Italian fashion designer. Interested in fine arts from a young age, he became an illustrator for designer Gianni Versace and also worked as a freelance fashion illustrator. He later launched his own fashion house, Moschino, which specialized in leather accessories, shoes, and luggage. He also designed lingerie, casual wear, and evening wear. 

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Gianfranco Ferré
(Italian Fashion designer)
Gianfranco Ferré
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Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Legnano, Italy
Died: June 17, 2007

Gianfranco Ferré was an Italian fashion designer often hailed as the architect of fashion. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan and began his career by designing fashion accessories. He then began designing raincoats and went on to launch his own company. He received many prestigious awards, including the L'Occhio d'Oro, during his career. 

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Frida Giannini
(Italian Fashion Designer Who was Creative Director of the World-Renowned Gucci Fashion House From 2006 to 2015)
Frida Giannini
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Frida Giannini is an Italian fashion designer. She studied fashion design at Rome's Fashion Academy and worked for many small companies before joining the luxury fashion house Fendi. She later joined Gucci as the design director of handbags and rose through the ranks to become the creative director of the company. She supports UNICEF and Save the Children

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Domitilla Harding
(Designer, Artist)
Domitilla Harding
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Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Domitilla Harding is an Italian designer and artist, who once worked as a designer with the Miss Italy fashion label. She has also designed furniture in the past and currently works as a glass sculptor with glass master Andrea Zilio. From her mother’s side, she has links to the House of della Rovere, an Italian noble family. 

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Milena Canonero
(Costume designer)
Milena Canonero
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Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Milena Canonero is an Italian costume designer active in both cinema and theater. She began her career working in small theater and film productions, eventually meeting director Stanley Kubrick. She designed costumes for Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and gained much appreciation. She is the recipient of four Academy Awards for Best Costume Design. She is married to actor Marshall Bell. 

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Margherita Missoni
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Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Margherita Missoni is the heiress to the Missoni fashion house, which was founded by her grandparents Ottavio Missoni and Rosita Missoni Jelmini. She studied philosophy at Columbia University and also attended the Stella Adler acting school. She appeared in many campaigns for her family business. She has also appeared in a few theater productions.  

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Sergio Rossi
(Shoe Designer)
Sergio Rossi
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Birthdate: July 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Mauro Pascoli, Italy
Died: April 3, 2020

Sergio Rossi was an Italian shoe designer who founded the eponymous women’s footwear company. The son of a shoemaker, he learned the trade from his father and went on to open his own shop. His shoes and sandals became much popular and were endorsed by top fashion designers. His son, Gianvito Rossi, also has his own shoe collection.  

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Piero Tosi
(Costume Designer Known for His Exhaustively Researched & Intricately Detailed Historical Costumes)
Piero Tosi
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Birthdate: April 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
Died: August 10, 2019

Piero Tosi was an Italian costume designer known for his extensively researched and intricately detailed historical costumes. He began his career in the 1950s, and his first significant period film was Senso, directed by Luchino Visconti. He collaborated with Visconti in many other films in the coming decades. He was awarded an Academy Honorary Award in 2013. 

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Ottavio Missoni
(Italian Fashion Designer, Founder of the Italian Fashion Label 'Missoni' and an Olympic Hurdler)
Ottavio Missoni
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Birthdate: February 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Died: May 9, 2013

Ottavio Missoni was an Italian fashion designer who founded the fashion label Missoni. He loved sports as a young boy and won the individual national championship in track four times. He fought in World War II and turned to fashion designing after the war. Along with his wife, Rosita, he launched his own label, Missoni, in the 1950s. 

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Stefano Pilati
(Italian Fashion Designer Who Founded ‘Random Identities’, a Ready-To-Wear Brand)
Stefano Pilati
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Birthdate: December 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Stefano Pilati is an Italian fashion designer who founded Random Identities, a ready-to-wear brand. As a youngster, he interned at the fashion house Cerruti. He was good at what he did and was soon hired by the fashion house Giorgio Armani. He later became the head designer of Yves Saint Laurent. He quit this job to launch his own label. 

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Mila Schön
(Italian Fashion Designer)
Mila Schön
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Birthdate: September 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trogir, Croatia
Died: September 5, 2008

Mila Schön was an Italian fashion designer whose clientele included famous personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy, Lee Radziwill, and Marella Agnelli. She was born into a wealthy family but struggled financially following her divorce. She opened a boutique to earn a living and was able to achieve great success. She later opened shops in Japan and USA as well. 

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Giuliana Coen
(Fashion designer)
Giuliana Coen
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Birthdate: December 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: May 10, 2010

Giuliana Coen was an Italian fashion designer. She was the founder of the Roberta di Camerino fashion house. The label is predominantly known for its velvet handbags and women’s wear. Born to a Jewish family in Venice, she fled to Switzerland during World War II. There, she started a successful handbag business and became wealthy over time. 

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Mariuccia Mandelli
(Italian Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur)
Mariuccia Mandelli
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Birthdate: January 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: December 6, 2015

Often credited as the inventor of hot pants, Mariuccia Mandelli, a self-taught fashion designer, began her career in her friend's apartment with a secondhand sewing machine, lugging suitcases of samples round small shops. Hailed as the Godmother of Italian Fashion, she later founded Krizia, one of Italy’s first ready-to-wear houses, which over the time grew into a $500 million business.  

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Giorgia Gabriele
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Birthdate: December 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sora, Italy
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Paolo Gucci
(Italian entrepreneur)
Paolo Gucci
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Birthdate: 1931 AD
Birthplace: Italy
Died: October 10, 1995

Paolo Gucci was an Italian fashion designer cum businessman. He was the grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci. However, he was not on good terms with his father and secretly launched his own business using the Gucci label. This led to a lawsuit, following which his career hit rock bottom, and he was forced to declare bankruptcy.