Giorgio Armani is a name that has become synonymous with luxury fashion and exclusive cosmetics. Dubbed by critics as the King of the Red Carpet, his elaborately exquisite designs have been worn by statuesque and elegant starlets across the globe on just about any major events.
Armani also lent his fashion expertise in the world of movies, first in the 1980 crime drama American Gigolo, decking out a young Richard Gere in perfectly tailored suits. He would later set the standard for stock brokers around the world in Wolf Of Wall Street highlighting big lapels, wide shoulders and yes, double-breasted jackets.
Today we celebrate the man behind it all. In honour of Armani’s 85th birthday we look back at some of his most famous red carpet looks throughout the years.
Rihanna effortlessly pulled off this black Giorgio Armani gown during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012. She oozed sex appeal with the dress’ plunging neckline and revealed that her inspiration for the dress was Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.
In 2014, Nicole Kidman wore this strapless blue Armani Privé creation to the opening ceremony and Grace Of Monaco premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Her gown featured a heavily embellished sweetheart neckline and exquisite bodice detailing.
Beyond the silver screen, Cate Blanchett has also made a name for herself as a fashion siren. Her looks are bold and often at the receiving end of polarising reviews from fashion critics. In 2016 the actress was nominated for best actress for her role in Carol. While, she may not have taken home the golden statue that night, her floral embellished sea foam gown by Armani Privé was hands down a clear winner that night.
Zendaya is the picture of young Hollywood glamour. Her Armani Privé outfit at the 2019 premiere of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man Far From Home, was a testament to Armani’s taste for timeless elegance.
Lady Gaga has always been a fan of Armani, gracing many award ceremonies in a number of his creations. Among them all, this Armani Privé dress from 2010 was a standout. In fact, this dress from the Privé Spring 2010 collection will go down as one of Gaga’s most iconic red carpet looks.
On Feb 13, 2011, Katy Perry glided down the Grammy’s red carpet in an Armani gown. She was a vision in white with a pair of feathered wings and a Swarovski crystal encrusted bustier. While some may think she looked too “costume-y” others noted that it was an ode to Valentine’s day, the perfect outfit for the occasion.
While accepting her Cecil B.DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in 2013, Jodie Foster delivered one of the most memorable speeches of the evening in this metallic blue Armani dress.
For his first Oscar win in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio wore a made-to-measure Giorgio Armani suit. Armani had previously been instrumental in transforming DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street using his classic sartorial deconstructed suiting that would become an emblem of success in the workplace.
Renée Zellweger accepted her Best Actress Oscar earlier this year in a white one-shoulder sequinned Armani Privé column gown. She commissioned Armani to make “the most flattering, best-fitting dress” and it will certainly go down in fashion’s red carpet history.
In 2015, the then newlyweds George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin-Clooney walked their first red carpet together, both dressed in Armani. Clooney accepted his Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award in the same Armani tuxedo he was married in.