Giorgio Armani is a well known fashion designer who owns and operates his self-named brand of clothing and is touted as Italy's most successful fashion designer.
Born on July 11, 1934 in Piacenza, Italy, Giorgio Armani originally planned on studying medicine and attended Milan University in order to become a doctor. Instead of pursuing the medical arts, however, Armani found his passion in photography. In 1957, at the age of 23, Armani was called on for military service with the Italian armed forces.
When he returned from service, Giorgio Armani took a job as a window dresser in a store named La Rinascente in Milan. Armani later credited his experience with the department store with helping him focus on his clean lines and elegant styles that would later serve as the trademark to his fashion lines.
After travelling back and forth to England, Armani took a job as a designer with the fashion house Nino Cerruti. He stayed there from 1961 to 1970 designing clothes for the Hitman line before leaving to work as a freelance designer.
His observations of English fashion served him well and his appreciation for clean lines helped him start his own label in 1974. He started his label with his friend and partner Sergio Galeotti and, in 1975, started a womenswear line with his sister, Rosanna Armani. Ten years later, after a successful decade of fashion, Galeotti died of AIDS.