Fashion Designer Romeo Gigli was born at Castelbolognese, Faenza, in a beautiful country house. After classical studies at high school he read architecture at university, by which time he had already acquired a taste for travel. Curious to know other countries, he away was from Italy more and more often and for increasingly long periods. He had not yet perhaps begun to think about fashion. But from his travels he regularly brought back objects, clothes or jewels, as gift. Little by little, more out of passion than by decision, he moved closer to design, fabrics and colours.
1979.He settled in New York and worked at Dimitri"s atelier, where he learnt many technical secrets of fashion design. After returning to Italy, he started moulding his new ideas of fashion which had been riperning in his mind for some time, almost without his realising.
1986. Came celebrity. His clothes were fashion news worldwide. Right form the very first collections it was plain that Gigli had found a distinctly personal path, far from any cliches. His necklines, cut across the shoulder and fastened by a soft satin bow, established a new point and a new way of revealing the female body. His destructured jackets and coats, with only the faintest hint of a shoulder (just when richly padded shoulders were all the rage in Italy), were a prelude to the natural lines that he was to continue designing in the future. His fabrics, men"s fancy weaves, tweeds and sober woollen boucles, matching shades and tones heralded success that were to make him one of the most prominent representatives of international fashion design.
1985. Season Spring/Summer: beginning of collaboration with Zamasport for manufacture and distribution of Women"s ready to wear collection. As of today the clothes are available at highest quality stores worldwide, including 120 in Italy, 70 in Europe and 40 in the USA.
1986.Season Fall/Winter: presentation of the Men"s ready to wear collection.
1987.Agreement with Takashimaya (the most renownd Japanese departement store specialised in luxury and quality goods) for the exclusive productions and distribution of the Women"s ready to wear collection and Men"s" and Women"s accessories. Season Fall/Winter: first presentation of the su misura (made to measure) Women"s collection, an exclusive limited line of hand made garments.
1988.September: opening of the Spazio Romeo Gigli in Milan, Corso Como 10 for the selling of Romeo Gigli collection and accessories, as well as other important designers" collections. The Spazio also features art, photography and theatre exhibitions and cultural meetings.
1989.Season Spring/Summer: beginning of the collaborations with Ermenegildo Zegna Group for the production and distribution of the Men"s ready to wear collection, as of today available at highest quality stores worldwide, including 75 in Italy and 25 in the USA.
Season Fall/Winter: agreement with Takashimaya for the production and exclusive distribution in Japan of the Men"s ready to wear collection. Exclusive launching in Italy of the Women"s fragrance Romeo di Romeo Gigli. The perfume currently rates among the five best selling fragrances. Presentation in Italy of the Romeo Gigli eyewear collection for men and women manufactured and distributed by Allison Spa. December: opening of the Spazio Romeo Gigli in Paris, 46 rue de Sevigne.
1990.Agreement with Stefanel Group for the production and distribution of the new Men"s and Women"s line and accessories G Gigli, which is economically accessible to a wider market.
Agreement with Takashimaya Co.Ltd. for the production and exclusive distribution in Japan of the Men"s and Women"s lines and accessories G Gigli.
Presentation of the leather articles collection manufactured by Franzi Sas (1864).
Season Fall/Winter: presentation of the limited edition collection, during the Women"s fashion show. Each outfit is made in exclusive fabrics, forms and numbered from 1 to 30. This represents the evolution of the made to measure.
April: the fragrance Romeo di Romeo Gigli wins the International prize Accademia del Profumo for the best packaging of 1989.
June: Romeo Gigli, recipient of the Wool mark Award for his unstructured Men"s jacket.
September: Women"s fragrance on sale in the USA.
October: opening of the second Spazio Romeo Gigli in Milano, corso Venezia 11. November: opening of the Spazio Romeo Gigli in New York, 21 East 69th Street.
1991.January: presentation of the first Fall/Winter 1991/92 G Gigli Men"s and Women"s collection.
April: Women"s fragrance on exclusive sale at Harvey Nichols in Great Britain. June: the fragrance Romeo di Romeo Gigli wins the Award of the American Fragrance Foundation for the best packaging of the 1991.
Robert Frank makes a short footage during the presentation, in Contrada San Nicol in Florence, of the Women"s Spring/Resort 1992, the Men"s Spring/Summer 1992 and the G Gigli Spring/Summer 1992 collections. September: for the 48th International Movies Exhibition The Biennale di Venezia Romeo Gigli and Sottssas & Associated have shot a video clip which introduced the contending films. Starring Anna Galliena.
Presentation in USA of the Romeo Gigli eyewear collection, distributed by Persol.
1992.January: agreement with Ruffo Spa for the production of the Women"s and Men"s leather collections.
June: agreement between Romeo Gigli and Stefanel Group for the foundation of NUNO, a new company which major purpose is to develop and distribute the G Gigli line.
1993.Agreement with Redwall Group for the production and distribution of Romeo Gigli Women"s and Men"s leather collections and with a company of Olmetto Group for the production and distribution of scarves, foulards and Women"s fabric accessories. Cooperation with Christopher Farr"s Handmade rugs for the carrying out of carpets in a limited edition.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo