Iconic designer Giorgio Armani tells the story of his life in a new eponymous tome.
The autobiography—launched on the eve of the company’s 40thanniversary and published by Rizzoli—details Armani’s career milestones, creative process and childhood memories, and offers a rare glimpse inside the designer’s private life. Readers can flip through pages of unfiltered storytelling alongside incredible (and some never-before-seen) photos shot by photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino. The best part? 100 percent of the royalties will be donated to UNICEF.
Here, Armani discusses the volume—hitting shelves on September 29—with DuJour.
Did writing this book make you discover something new about your own life?
I wouldn’t say that I discovered something new, rather that I was able to relive experiences I had almost forgotten about through photographs that I hadn’t seen in a while. I tried to choose images that were the most representative of my professional career, and some that had never been shared before. I had a bit of nostalgia several times when looking back at the photos—for important moments, people that are no longer with us, events that have marked me and places I’ve lived.
What is your favorite era?
I don’t have favorite eras. My history has been made by a long process marked by a consistent and authentic evolution in which my life and work are inextricably linked.
What do you hope readers take away from your autobiography?
The consistency that characterized my journey as a man, fashion designer and entrepreneur.
Giorgio Armani, $150, rizzoliusa.com