The name Roberto Cavalli is synonymous with glamour and eccentricity. Italian fashion designer Cavalli’s creations are highly recognizable for the mixture of different materials they use and the frequent use of animal patterns and patchwork.
Originally from Florence, Roberto grew up in a stimulating environment: his grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, was a famous Italian Impressionist painter, part of the Macchiaioli Movement. The bohemian environment stimulated Cavalli and played a vital role in the development of his artistic taste. At just 21, after attending the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, he opened his first business and started producing – and coloring – his own outfits.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm from the Italian public at the main fashion shows, in the early 70’s Cavalli achieved his first successes abroad, especially in France, boosted by Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren appearing in St. Tropez wearing Cavalli dresses.
The re-launch of the brand in 1994 established Roberto Cavalli as one of Italy’s most famous and acclaimed fashion designers. This comeback was full of fresh ideas, including opening new boutiques and launching new lines, including “Freedom”, the casual line which produced everything from accessories (handbags, bags, jeans) and lingerie to men’s prêt-a-porter. The highlight of Roberto Cavalli’s return was the launch of Just Cavalli, the young fashion line, featuring leather clothes and patterned fabrics.
Cavalli has been a pioneer in the mixing of materials such as leather, denim and feathers, making his creations highly distinctive. No wonder then that in an interview with the magazine Time ‘n Style, Cavalli declared: “Anyone is capable of doing minimalism. I won’t because it’s horrible”.