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10 famous Italian fashion designer who redefined the fashion industry

People usually do not like buying clothes as much as looking at them. When it comes to those exquisite clothes designed by great fashion designers, looking and swooning and gushing at all those incredibly beautiful clothes is as close to getting a formal fashion education. So, people love to get knowledge about new fashion trends and also about the fashion designers.

Italy is one of the leading countries when it comes to designing fashion clothing. Fashion has always been an important part of Italy’s cultural life and society, and Italians are well known for their devotion to eloquently dressing-up; “la bella figura“, or good impression, remains traditional.

The fashion designers who are the flagbearers of Italy in the fashion world have rewritten fashion history many times over with their innovative ideas and their recreations in the form of gorgeous-gorgeous clothes and related paraphernalia (Shoes, bags, fragrances, eyewear, and whatnot).

Alberta Ferretti

Figure: Alberta Ferretti. Courtesy: Collected

She designs under her namesake brand Alberta Ferretti. Her creations are bold and luxurious and at the same time very feminine and have an ethereal quality about them which makes her a designer of choice for many celebrities.

Ferretti is famous for her designs featuring twisting, tucking, and draping techniques. Her style employs a subtle layered look. Her target customer is the cocktail crowd. Ferretti’s collection includes pleated bubbled coats, toga-like minidresses and skirts, and a sparse number of gowns of soft mint green and white hues.

In July 2011 her collection was presented at the catwalk of The Brandery fashion show in Barcelona.

She received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2018.

Alessandro Dell’ Acqua

Figure 2: Alessandro Dell’ Acqua. Courtesy: Collected

Fashion designer Alessandro Dell’ Acqua designs ready to wear clothing, footwear, fragrances, bags and eyewear. He is famous for his sensual feminine and modern fashion clothes.

He is the Creative Director of Parisian luxury house Rochas and the Founder of contemporary line No. 21, a new contemporary womenswear line named after his birthdate and lucky number, which has since launched menswear and opened stores in Milan and Tokyo.

Anna Molinari

Figure 3: Anna Molinari. Courtesy: Collected

Anna Molinari is said to be the “queen of the roses” because of her passion for sensual flower patterned design. She founded Blumarine, a line of ready-to-wear knitwear brand. She began designing other garments, developing a look of edgy romanticism by 2008. She developed another line called Miss Blumarine, for the younger client. Molinari received the Isimbardi Fashion Award in 2001, La Kore Fashion Oscar in 2003, the Premio Marisa Bellisario award for being a world ambassador for Italian products.

Emilio Pucci

Figure 4: Emilio Pucci. Courtesy: Collected

Emilio Pucci is a famous fashion designer known for his bold sense of color and prints and flamboyant designs. Pucci was the first person to design a one-piece ski suit. He left the Air Force and set up an haute couture house in the fashionable resort of Canzone del Mare. He passed away in 1992.

Gianfranco Ferre

Figure: Gianfranco Ferre. Courtesy: Collected

Wikipedia calls him ‘the architect of fashion’.  Gianfranco Ferre is famous for his larger than life personal and beautiful tailoring or even casual dresses. He launched his signature collection for women in 1978. Sophisticated white shirts have become the symbol of his signature in fashion design. He passed away in 2007.

Giorgio Armani

Figure: Giorgio Armani. Courtesy: Collected

Giorgio Armani designs, manufactures, distributes and retails haute coutureready-to-wearleather goods, shoeswatchesjewelryaccessorieseyewearcosmetics and home interiors. In 2016, the estimated sales of the company were around $2.65 billion. His brand is famous for its stylish elegant and tailored menswear. The Guardian calls him the patron saint of fashion in Italy.

Guccio Gucci

Figure: Gucci. Courtesy: Collected

The person who founded the famous fashion brand Gucci. Guccio Gucci opened his first leather goods and small luggage store in 1921. He is famous for beautifully crafted leather accessories. In 1974, The Model 2000 Gucci watch broke the record for selling more than one million units in two years. In 1998, the Gucci “Genius Jeans” broke the record of the most expensive pair of jeans ever.

These jeans were distressed, ripped, and covered with African beads, and were for sale for US$3,134 in Milan.

Nino Cerruti

Figure: Nino-Cerruti. Courtesy: Collected

The Italian Fashion designer who founded the Haute fashion house of Cerruti. He founded Hitman, a firm specializing in the production of menswear, incorporating Italian tailoring tradition to casual chic men’s clothing.

Roberto Cavalli

Figure: Roberto Cavalli. Courtesy: Collected

He is best known for his luxury clothing brand Roberto Cavalli. He is popular for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans. His glamorous style of clothing is exotic all over the world.

Valentino Garavani

Figure: Sarah Jessica Parker, Valentino Garavani. Courtesy: Collected

Valentino Garavani is an Italian designer who founded the flagship company Valentino SPA with Haute Couture and ready to wear lines under the company Valentino. He has dressed world-famous celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy etc.


Italian fashion is linked to the most generalized concept of “Made in Italy“, a merchandise brand expressing excellence of creativity and craftsmanship. Italian luxury goods are renowned for the quality of the textiles and the elegance and refinement of their construction.

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