Giorgio Armani – 85 years
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One of the most famous designers of the planet Giorgio Armani celebrates his 85th birthday on July 11th. He was born in Piacenza, was preparing to become a doctor, served in the army, went from window designer in the Milan department store La Rinascente to assistant Nino Cerutti and stylist at the Houses of Ungaro and Ermenegildo Zegna. The first collection under his own name Armani showed when he was 40 years old. In honor of the birthday of the famous Italian tells about the influence of taste and DNA of the fashion house Giorgio Armani on modern cinema.

"I grew up on films of noir, from childhood I went to the cinema on weekends – for me it was an escape into a dream. I consider films of Luchino Visconti to be a real bible of cinema, and I can watch the scene with playing cards in the film" Gold of Naples "endlessly. Therefore, I I was so happy when I was called to work on the costumes for the film “American Gigolo": Richard Gere and director Paul Schroeder turned out to be great guys. I realized early that Hollywood and European fashion were made for each other, and first opened my office in Los Angeles, first began to dress up famous Tay on the red carpet – whatever one may say, but this was a momentous moment in history. I have been friends with Martin Scorsese for a long time: he, like me, is an insane fanatic of the old cinema, and we spend hours talking about it, going through the names of films from the 40-50s I even became the producer of his four-hour documentary project “My Journey to Italy,” which Scorsese dedicated to Italian cinema, ”Armani tells about his passion for cinema.

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It is difficult to recall all the films that adorned the outfits of Giorgio Armani. Fascinated by the world of cinema, he then acted as the author of the entire wardrobe of the film, then he developed only a few things for individual heroes. Anyway, Armani’s inspiration and talent particle is in the movies “The Untouchables”, “Gattaka”, “Counselor”, “Pet”, “Tuxedo”, “Ocean's Thirteen Friends”, “Social Network”, “Paranoia”, “Mission Impossible : Phantom Protocol ”,“ Redemption ”,“ Rising Sun ”,“ Stealing Beauty ”,“ Nothing Personal ”. And in the film "Paranoia" in the frame appeared and furniture Armani Casa.

Gattaka 1997

From the first shots of the film "Gattaka" you understand that all the costumes of the characters of Uma Thurman, Jude Law and Ethan Hawke were created by Giorgio Armani – in all his firm low-key chic is felt.

Gattaca Movie Still
Hannibal, 2001

He also dressed one of the most sinister characters of cinema – Hannibal Lector, played by Anthony Hopkins in the film Hannibal.

Hannibal 2001

American Gigolo, 1980

American Gigolo

American Gigolo

American Gigolo

American Gigolo


Armani’s success in the film industry began with the American Gigolo. Actually, this was his first work in film. Richard Guire was so pleased with the clothes that after that he began to wear only Giorgio Armani – both on the screen and in life.

The Untouchables, 1987


In The Untouchables, Armani designed costumes for four FBI special agents: Jim Malone (Sean Connery), Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner), Giuseppe Petrie (Andy Garcia) and Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) at the personal request of director Brian De Palma. And Robert De Niro, who wanted to better get used to the image of the famous gangster, tracked down Al Capone's tailors and sewed suits with them.

Casino Royale, 2006

Casino royale

In a leather jacket Armani Daniel Craig was shot at the airport in Miami. It's funny, but even for Bond she was too expensive. As the costume designer Lindy Hemming admits, the film’s budget did not allow the jacket to be used for $ 4,000, because the film required 25 copies. Fortunately, Giorgio Armani himself found out about this and sewed jackets for Bond much cheaper – $ 400 each.

Ocean's Thirteen, 2007

Ocean's Thirteen

In this picture, Armani is worn by the heroes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

Inglorious bastards, 2009

Inglorious basterds

Photo Courtesy of Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures

Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Armani white tuxedo are simple and ingenious.

The Dark Knight: The Renaissance of the Legend, 2012

"The Dark Knight: The Revival of a Legend" 2012

Do not forget that in everyday life Batman is a millionaire Bruce Wayne, which means that Armani status costumes are exactly what he needs. In addition to Christian Bale, the costumes of the film are worn by actors Michael Kane, Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Giorgio creates not only a full-fledged male image, but also a female – accessories for the heroine Ann Hathaway also created Armani.

Advisor, 2013

The Counselor Movie Still

The hero Michael Fassbender in this picture is dressed with a needle – all strict suits with a tag Emporio Armani.

Wall Street Wolf, 2013

The Wolf of the Wall Street movie still

Giorgio Armani was one of the authors of the business style of the 80s-90s of the last century, so costume designer Sandy Powell didn’t have a question who should wear the main character of “The Wolf from Wall Street”.

Hannah, 2011

Hannah movie still

Kate Blanchet in the movie "Hannah" looked amazing in strict suits and a green coat Armani. Strictly, sternly and incredibly stylish.

Elysium: Heaven on Earth, 2013

Elysium Movie Still

Armani’s style is also seen in the film Elysium: Paradise on Earth, directed by Neil Blomkamp. This picture gave the designer a pleasure to work as favorite actress Jodie Foster. Her heroine is a cruel and uncompromising minister, therefore her wardrobe consists exclusively of strict trouser and skirt suits. According to the scenario, the film takes place in 2154, so the designer had to look a little ahead. Armani's work took place in collaboration with costume designer April Ferry.

Scorsese Documentary about Giorgio Armani

Few people know that in 1990, Scorsese shot a 20-minute documentary Made in Milan (Made in Milan) dedicated to designer Giorgio Armani. The writer was a colleague of the director Jay Cox ("Gangs of New York", "Epoch of Innocence", "Strange Days"), produced by the same company Armani. The film tells about the values ​​of the fashion house, its history and philosophy.

The film "Made in Milan" is just one of the stages of cooperation between the director and designer. Armani actively supports the Scorsese World Cinema Foundation. As part of the partnership, the author of The Departed and the Isle of the Damned has even removed an advertisement for Giorgio Armani.

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