This former window dresser and one-time medical student now
holds the claim to being the prince of minimalist glamour. Starting
out as a designer for Nino Cerruti in the '60s, Armani broke
away in 1970 to begin his own freelance design business, first
with menswear, then adapting those same pieces for women. This
crossing over between men's and women's fashion -- relaxed,
unstructured silhouettes for men; aggressive, masculine cuts
for women -- became his hallmark as he lead the '80s trend of
the power suit and redefined the notion of corporate dress.
Known for a muted color palette of blacks, whites, and grays,
Armani's sleek, easy-fit garments have clad many a Hollywood
starlet -- and landed their creator a retrospective at the Guggenheim
Museum in 2000.