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Giorgio Armani: ‘I’d love to watch my first fashion show’

Giorgio Armani: ‘I’d love to watch my first fashion show’

Giorgio Armani wishes he could travel back in time and watch his first fashion show.

The 81-year-old fashion legend formed his company Armani in 1975 and is one of the most successful designers ever to have graced the industry. While reflecting on a long and successful career, Giorgio reveals he would love to have been a spectator as his earliest creations hit the catwalk.

“My own first fashion show (in 1974) sitting in the audience rather than backstage, because that’s when it all began,” he replied during an interview with Britain's Elle magazine when asked which fashion show he wishes he had seen.

Giorgio takes his work very seriously and despite carving out a reputation for producing impeccably clean tailored lines, he doesn’t take success for granted. The designer pays great attention to detail, admitting his friends would probably describe him as “fussy” and “meticulous”. However, he also prides himself on being a true friend and lots of fun to be around.

Although Giorgio is deeply dedicated to his business, he does enjoy taking the odd day off. When asked to describe his perfect day at home free from work commitments, he expressed a wish for peace and quiet.

“Peacefully at home in Milan with my own things, wrapped in hushed silence,” he explained. “Most of the objects in my home have sentimental value and represent special places in my life; for example, I have a large painting that comes from an old cinema in Piacenza...

“I have two Scottish Fold cats, Angel and Mairi, with whom I gladly share my sofa when I get to relax at home.”

Giorgio’s favourite book was revealed to be The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, because it helps him keep his inner child alive. When asked to give some advice to his 16-year-old self he expressed regret for not being more light-hearted in his approach to life.

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