Giorgio Armani was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1935. While growing up in this small town he was highly influenced by his mother's great sense of style, which would eventually lure him towards fashion and business.

As a child and student, Giorgio Armani was curious and read widely. After reading the book The Citadel, by A.J. Cronin, which was an account of a young doctor's work during the depression years, he decided to study medicine. He lasted three years in medical school before he grew restless. His love for creativity and fashion, which he could no longer suppress, prompted him to leave medical school to pursue a career in fashion.

His first fashion job was as a men's wear designer at Nino Cerrutti. He worked with the house of Cerrutti for eight years before establishing his own design house with his business partner, Sergio Galeotti. Their first collection was presented at a fashion show in 1974 and had an audience of only six people. Today, the brand that was humbly begun by these two men has been translated into a + €3.5 billion business and one of the best success stories in the fashion industry.

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