Armani: King of Italian Fashion

Giorgio Armani and the business he developed provide the perfect example of the evolution of the Italian Fashion System from the perspective of the designer. He began as a pure designer, and then gradually acquired various production facilities into his company on his route to becoming a fashion and lifestyle powerhouse.

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The Italian System for Fashion

An overview of the four primary cycles in the development of the Italian fashion industry from post-WW2 creation of industrialized production systems, to fashion democratization in the 1980s and the boom of "Made in Italy," to brand concentration and mergers of the 1990s...

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Fashion History: From WW1 through WW2 - The Chanel Years

The interwar years saw a profound shift in the cultural values of the Western World. Women's fashion was particularly affected, with formality taking a backseat to practicality and comfort. Gabrielle Chanel was among the first designers to not only understand this cultural shift, but to capitalize on it and build an empire in the process.

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Fashion History: From the Belle Epoque through WW1

The advancement of the leisure lifestyle and creation of Sportswear was the first reason for women to turn away from traditional dress. Oriental influences became hugely popular in the West through art and performances. Paul Poiret became the first to capture these trends, after Charles Worth had blazed the trail for the original designer to become the arbiter of taste. Poiret introduced the modern marketing concept of fashion: he sold the dream, not just the dress.

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