Happy birthday, Giorgio Armani! 8 things you didn’t know about the fashion designer

As the patron saint of Italian fashion turns 83!
Born in 1934, Giorgio Armani originally studied medicine and completed military service before deciding his future lay in the fashion industry.

He founded his label in Milan in 1975, showing his first ready-to-wear collection the following year.

To create something exceptional,

your mindset must be relentlessly focused

on the smallest detail.

We reveal 8 interesting Giorgio Armani facts,
from his favourite football team to his collaboration with the Pope.

1. The current cult of the bomber jacket can be traced back to Armani. The first pieces he designed under
his own name were a series of leather bomber jackets
in 1970.

2. He is a regular in rap lyrics, with Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and TI recently giving Armani a shout-out. Biggie Smalls was also a fan – he had a penchant for Armani pyjamas, apparently.

3. His brand, with couture, ready-to-wear and Emporio lines on the catwalk, is big business. The annual revenue reached £ 1.67bn. Armani himself is worth a cool £ 4.96bn, and is officially the most successful Italian designer ever.

4. Armani was well-versed in fashion before he went out on his own. He was a window dresser first, working at La Rinascente department store in Milan.
Freelance gigs for Zegna, Cerruti and Loewe followed.

5. Armani loves sport. He is a fan of A.C. Milan and is on the board of Olimpia Milano basketball team. If he had to pick a team in the Premier League, it would probably be Chelsea. He designed suits for the team and worked on the interiors at Stamford Bridge.

6. Fashion wasn’t his first career choice. Armani studied medicine and completed military service before deciding it was clothes, not bandages, that were his calling.

7. The designer, who wears a uniform of navy, is a self-described perfectionist, even arguing in a Vogue interview that he was “10 times” worse than fashion’s most high-profile stickler, Mr Tom Ford.

8. Armani is practically fashion’s patron saint in Italy. He has designed uniforms for the police force, kitted out Milanese taxi drivers and even designed the cover of a gospels book for the Pope.

Happy birthday Mr. Giorgio!