Famous Italian Fashion Designers

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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 1 Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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. 

 2 Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace
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Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio di 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. 

 3 Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani
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Birthdate: July 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, 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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 4 Antonio D’Amico

Antonio D’Amico
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mesagne

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

 5 Guccio Gucci

Guccio Gucci
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Famous As: Italian Businessman
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.

 6 Valentino

Valentino
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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. 

 7 Maurizio Gucci

Maurizio Gucci
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 27, 1995

Maurizio Gucci was an Italian businessman. The grandson of Guccio Gucci, Maurizio served as the chairman of the Gucci group in the early-1990s. At the age of 46, Maurizio was shot dead by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. The murder inspired Sara Forden's book The House of Gucci, which has been adapted into a biographical crime film.

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 8 Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Olivia Palermo is an American fashion influencer, socialite, model, entrepreneur, and television personality. Palermo made headlines in 2007 when she sued socialiterank.com for false news. As a model, Olivia Palermo has appeared on the cover of popular magazines like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and L'Officiel. Olivia Palermo has also been the face of brands like Banana Republic, Aerin, and Max&Co.

 9 Elsa Schiaparelli

Elsa Schiaparelli
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome
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.

 10 Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Naples
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.

 11 Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada
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Famous As: entrepreneur, fashion designer
Birthdate: May 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan

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.

 12 Alessandro Michele

Alessandro Michele
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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.

 13 Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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. 

 14 Domenico Dolce

Domenico Dolce
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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.

 15 Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 16 Stefano Gabbana

Stefano Gabbana
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.

 17 Riccardo Tisci

Riccardo Tisci
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: August 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taranto

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.  

 18 Sergio Tacchini

Sergio Tacchini
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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. 

 19 Franco Moschino

Franco Moschino
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: February 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbiategrasso, Lombardy, 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. 

 20 Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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. 

 21 Frida Giannini

Frida Giannini
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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

 22 Domitilla Harding

Domitilla Harding
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Famous As: Designer, Artist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
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. 

 23 Sergio Rossi

Sergio Rossi
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Famous As: Shoe Designer
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.  

 24 Milena Canonero

Milena Canonero
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Famous As: Costume designer
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. 

 25 Margherita Missoni

Margherita Missoni
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Famous As: Model
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.  

 26 Stefano Pilati

Stefano Pilati
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
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. 

 27 Piero Tosi

Piero Tosi
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Famous As: Costume designer, Artist
Birthdate: April 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence

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. 

 28 Giuliana Coen

Giuliana Coen
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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. 

 29 Mariuccia Mandelli

Mariuccia Mandelli
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Famous As: Fashion designer
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.  

 30 Aldo Gucci

Aldo Gucci
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Famous As: Businessman, Fashion designer
Birthdate: May 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: January 19, 1990

 31 Paolo Gucci

Paolo Gucci
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Famous As: Italian entrepreneur
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.