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Famous Fashion Designers from Italy

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List of notable or famous fashion designers from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top fashion designers born in Italy and even some popular fashion designers who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian fashion designers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These fashion designers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known fashion designer from Italy is included when available.

Examples include Nicky Hilton and Donatella Versace.

This historic fashion designers from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian fashion designers of note?" and "Who are the most famous fashion designers from Italy?" These prominent fashion designers of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian fashion designers.

Use this list of renowned Italian fashion designers to discover some new fashion designers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (21 items)



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    Alessandra Facchinetti
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    Alessandra Facchinetti is an Italian fashion designer. In 2007 she was appointed the creative director at the fashion House of Valentino, on the retirement of Valentino Garavani. Previously she had been a designer at the House of Gucci. After some initial success, in 2008 she was dismissed from ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
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    Carlo Palazzi was an Italian fashion designer. The English company Jaeger licensed his work for an American line in the mid 1960s. Since then, he was licensed in Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Brazil. Customers at his shop on the Via Borgognona in Rome included George Hamilton, Marcello Mastroianni and ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer
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    Daniela Zuccoli is the widow of Mike Bongiorno.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Television producer
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    Donatella Versace
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    Donatella Versace is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice President of the Versace Group, as well as its chief designer. She owns a 20% share of the business. During the 1980s, Donatella's brother, Gianni Versace, launched a perfume dedicated to her, Blonde, and gave her his own diffusion label, ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Costume Designer
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    Elsa Schiaparelli
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    Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli's designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1890-1973)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Costume Designer
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    Emilio Pucci
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    Emilio Pucci, Marchese di Barsento, was a Florentine Italian fashion designer and politician. He and his eponymous company are synonymous with geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1914-1992)
    • Birthplace: Naples, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
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    Enrico Coveri was an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur from Prato, Italy. A former model and stage designer he founded the homonymous fashion house in Florence and was immediately acclaimed for his creations at the first appearances on the catwalks in both Milan and Paris in 1977. He died from ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1952-1990)
    • Birthplace: Prato, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer
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    Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make-up and home furnishings as well as clothes. He also designed costumes for the theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton; Diana, Princess of Wales; ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1946-1997)
    • Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Actor, Costume Designer
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    Giorgio Armani is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and by 2001 was acclaimed as the most successful designer that Italy has produced, with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and a ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Businessperson, Designer, Costume Designer
    • Credits: My Voyage to Italy, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Made in Milan
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    John Varvatos is an American contemporary menswear designer.more

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    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
    • Credits: Fashion Star
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    Mila Schön

    Mila Schön was an Italian-born fashion designer. Marella Agnelli was one of her early clients. Born Maria Carmen Nutrizio, in Trogir – now Croatia – on September 28, 1915 to wealthy Italian aristocratic parents who relocated to the Italian peninsula when Schön was a child, she is known for her simple, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1919-2008)
    • Birthplace: Trogir, Croatia
    • Profession: Fashion designer
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    Miuccia Prada
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    Miuccia Prada is the Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind Prada and Miu Miu. The youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, she took over the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer in 1978. Since then, the company has acquired Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and shoemaker Church & Co. In 2002, Prada ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
    • Credits: First Spring
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    Nicholai Olivia "Nicky" Hilton is an American businesswoman, fashion model, socialite, celebutante, heiress and fashion designer. She is a great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, who was the founder of Hilton Hotels.more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Businessperson, Model, Designer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: I Want To Be a Hilton
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    Nino Cerruti is an Italian businessman and stylist. He founded his own haute couture house, Cerruti, in 1967 in Paris. Today, he manages the Italian family business Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, which was founded in 1881 by his grandfather.more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Biella, Italy
    • Profession: Businessperson, Stylist, Designer, Costume Designer
    • Credits: Holy Man
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    Ottavio Missoni
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    Ottavio Missoni was the founder of the Italian fashion label Missoni and an Italian Olympic hurdler who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Along with his wife Rosita, he was part of the group of designers who launched Italian ready-to-wear in the 1950s, thereby ensuring the global success of Italian ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)
    • Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia
    • Profession: Fashion designer
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    Roberto Capucci is an Italian fashion desigher. He created unusual, sculpted dresses in original materials, bewitched the fashion world and has, since his debut, been featured in shows representing most talented and renowned designers.more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Costume Designer
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    Roberto Cavalli
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    Roberto Cavalli is an Italian fashion designer from Florence. He is known for exotic prints and for creating the sand-blasted look for jeans. He is the father of fashion designer Daniele Cavalli.more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
    • Credits: Virgin Territory
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    Salvatore Ferragamo was an Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the eponymous company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel. Film ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1898-1960)
    • Birthplace: Bonito, Campania, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
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    Sergio Rossi is an Italian women’s footwear specialist company that also produces a limited range of men’s shoes, handbags and other accessories. The brand is renowned for its craftsmanship and feminine designs. The Sergio Rossi label is owned by the French Group Kering. Francesco Russo has been the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe
    • Profession: Fashion Designer
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    Stefano Pilati
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    Stefano Pilati is an Italian fashion designer. From 2004 until 2012, he was the head designer of the fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. In late 2012 he left and became creative director of AGNONA and head of design at Ermenegildo Zegna.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
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