A Fashion Design Pioneer: Giorgio Armani

by Marianne Salina
Fashion School Review Columnist

October 9, 2006

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Sometimes being a fashion designer means bearing the responsibility of bringing bold, new, clothing concepts to the industry in such a palatable manner that retailers and consumers can't help but dive into the trend. Such is the legacy of fashion designer Giorgio Armani whose cutting-edge interpretations of the suit jacket and tuxedo for women have revolutionized the mode of style for females both on the red carpet and in the work force.

Clothing Design with a Twist
Armani's fashion design career took off when he developed his signature unconstructed men's jacket in 1975. The design was such a hit that he quickly launched a similar look for women, introducing the concept of androgyny to the fashion design industry. This emancipated clothing concept of simple, clean lines and muted colors for women coincided perfectly with their emergence in the work force, crediting Armani as a forward-thinking innovator of fashion.

From Work to the Red Carpet
Armani's fashion design career continues to impress well beyond women's foray into the office. Today we are graced with images of his latest re-imagining of a conventional look for men: the tuxedo for women. In recent years, leading ladies of fashion like Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Hudson have all donned the tuxedo to red carpet events - proving that elegance isn't so black and white after all.

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How can you learn to mix up the fashion world the way that Armani has? With the industry's fierce competition, it's safe to say that fashion design school is your best move. Legendary careers in clothing design begin with the basics -- patternmaking, color theory, fashion history, etc. After learning the rules, you will soon discover how bend them a bit -- as many great designers have.


About the Author
Marianne Salina is a freelance writer in Spokane, Washington. She writes about pursuits in education and degree opportunities.

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