Giorgio Armani would have embarked on a directing career if he wasn’t a designer.
The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, and Jodie Foster.
While Armani continues to outfit many Hollywood stars, he has now shared that he wishes he’d stepped behind the camera himself and given filmmaking a whirl at some point.
“I’ve often said that if I didn’t become a fashion designer, I would have liked to be a director,” he said in an interview with U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “I would have liked to direct a film about my life, with me played by Paul Newman. I regret never having asked him.”
One of Armani’s first big design gigs when he entered the U.S. market in the late ‘70s was a request from director Paul Schrader to make suits for Richard Gere to wear in the 1980 movie American Gigolo.
His career skyrocketed from there, and the designer credits his fresh aesthetic for cementing his status as an industry leader.
“A new generation of actors was emerging in Hollywood, less theatrical in their appearance than the previous generation. They were men and women looking for a new image. Turning to me was, in some way, a natural choice,” the 84-year-old reflected, adding that he always wanted women to feel comfortable in their outfits. “I think women need clothes that allow them to appear as they are, strong and feminine at the same time. Clothes that don’t mask them and don’t transform them into objects, but rather give them personality and presence.”
Armani most recently unveiled an exhibition of Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s work at the Armani/Silos in Milan. The show runs until 28 July (19).
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