Armani: My designs are like children
Giorgio Armani feels stabbed in the heart when curators leave things out of his exhibitions.
The fashion designer's lavish designs are not just seen on the catwalks and red carpets: they've also been featured in museum exhibitions over the years.
One of these was curated by Harold Koda, who works at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Fondazione Prada's artistic director Germano Celant. The pair helmed Armani's Retrospective event at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2000.
“They did a wonderful job,” Armani told W magazine. “But it is very, very difficult for me to delegate decisions about my designs, because each piece is like a son to me. Every time Koda decided to leave something out, I felt as though I’d been stabbed in the heart.
“At the time of the Guggenheim show, I liked the idea of challenging preconceptions by showing less predictable aspects of the collections."
The icon founded his label over 40 years ago and is still busier than ever with work. Occasionally he has some free time to unwind, when he'll head home to his luxurious pad on the island of Pantelleria, near Sicily.
He also enjoys watching the latest big screen releases and often visits the Anteo SpazioCinema in Milan, where he surprises fellow film lovers.
“When people see me taking my seat there, they look puzzled, as though they’re thinking, Is it really him?” he laughed. “Then they come up and ask, ‘Are you really Giorgio Armani?’ and offer to shake my hand. They’re always very nice, and very Milanese. You know, my heart will always be in Piacenza, but I am Milanese too.”
Armani moved to Milan in 1949 and describes the city as "strong and fearless", but welcoming at the same time.