By Elizabeth Patterson
The maestro of clothing himself, Mr. Giorgio Armani is releasing a self-titled book with Rizzoli. Chronicling his life from war-stricken beginnings to the building of his clothing empire that soon became known and revered the world round, you can immerse yourself in Armani’s world. The 40-year old brand is steeped in rich history, both public and private.
Giorgio Armani was born in 1934 in Piacenza, Italy. The ravages of World War II marred his childhood, where the young Armani lived in fear of being bombed. He describes how he felt robbed of his youth, never having the carefree upbringing of so many other children. His father worked at the Fascist headquarters, and Armani notes that his father’s required fascist uniform inspired him, along with the black and white movies that were his escape.
Giorgio Armani promises to delve into the usually guarded private life of its author. Beyond juicy tidbits previously unknown to the public, the book also takes a look at the slow but steady rise of the Armani Empire. Highlights are discussed from his first real brush with fashion working at a department store in Milan to the founding of his own label and the creative process behind each Armani collection.
Also included are more than 100 images meant to reflect each moment in Armani’s life. A type of narrative exists, allowing you to experience the world through Armani’s eyes. The book will retail at $150, as well as a $350 deluxe edition that includes a signed and numbered print. Giorgio Armani is available to purchase now.