Giorgio Armani

  • Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

The blue-eyed baby boy on the cover is Giorgio Armani, aged 2, in 1936; on the back cover, a portrait of Mr. Armani, as the fashion world habitually calls him. And in between, a two-inch-thick autobiography and visual record of how a war child from Piacenza, Italy, came to be the 81-year-old phenomenon of Milan fashion today. The images speak for themselves, the stylistic arc of a man whose career, which took off in the late 1970s, captured the loyalty of a rising feminist wave of working women and Hollywood stars of both sexes, and eventually came to rule over an Italian empire recognized all over the globe.

The blue-eyed baby boy on the cover is Giorgio Armani, aged 2, in 1936; on the back cover, a portrait of Mr. Armani, as the fashion world habitually calls him. And in between, a two-inch-thick autobiography and visual record of how a war child from Piacenza, Italy, came to be the 81-year-old phenomenon of Milan fashion today. The images speak for themselves, the stylistic arc of a man whose career, which took off in the late 1970s, captured the loyalty of a rising feminist wave of working women and Hollywood stars of both sexes, and eventually came to rule over an Italian empire recognized all over the globe.