Roberto Cavalli Fashion Designer Information

Roberto Cavalli is best known for his bohemian glamour, cutting-edge and animal print designs.

Roberto Cavalli Fashion Designer Biography

Roberto Cavalli is an Italian-born Fashion Designer, who is well known for his flamboyant designs. Also known as ‘KING OF EXCESS’, Roberto is the father of the sand-blast jeans, and founder of the Roberto Cavalli fashion house.

Early life of Roberto Cavalli

  • Roberto Cavalli was born on 15th November 1940, in Florence, Italy. Roberto is the son of Marcella and Giorgio Cavalli. His mother was a tailor and his father a mine surveyor.
  • Young Roberto grew up in a creative and artistic environment.
  • In 1957, young Roberto enrolled at the Florence Academy of Art, in Italy and studied textile design. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, who is a celebrated impressionist painter.
  • Roberto experimented with fusing fashion and painting at the academy. From there he pursued fashion design, rather than arts.
  • In 1960, Roberto was requested to prove the artwork for a knitwear line for a friend. The merging of painted art and fashion became an instant hit, loved by local fashionistas. In the same year Cavalli met Silvanella Giannoni, his first wife.
  • Inspired by his friend’s knitwear collection, Cavalli began to produce his own line of T-shirts and Jeans. Many fell in love with the new and trending “luxie-hippie look”, created by the aspiring fashion designer.
  • Roberto married Silvanella Giannoni in 1964, with whom he has two children. Roberto and Silvanella divorced in 1974.


  • Roberto Cavalli had his Fashion breakthrough in the early 1970s. Cavalli introduced his first and revolutionary themed women’s wear collection, making use of innovative printed leather.
  • In 1972, the fashion designer opened his first boutique, in Saint-Tropez, France.
  • Cavalli showcased his collection in Paris, at the salon for Pret-a-Porter.
  • His designs earned him commissions from fashion giants, such as Pierre Cardin and Hermes.
  • The Italian fashion designer launched his first men’s wear collection in 1974.
  • In 1977, Roberto was asked to be a celebrity guest judge for the Miss Austria beauty pageant. Eva Duringer, his current wife, was a contestant.
  • Roberto married Eva Duringer in 1980. They couple have three children together.
  • During the early-1980s, the fashion conscious community likened Roberto Cavalli to the late Gianni Versace.
  • In 1994, Cavalli introduced sand-blast jeans, at the Milan Fashion Week.
  • He partnered with Lycra and started a new era of denims, stretch-jeans, in 1995.
  • In the late 1990s, Cavalli hired a management team to work with retailers in America, such as Bergdorf Goodman.
  • Roberto Cavalli launched a clothing line targeting youth, called Just Cavalli in 1998.
  • Roberto opened another elegant clothing store at Madison Square, New York in 1999. Within the same year, Cavalli re-launched his men’s wear line and two years later, his sales had tripled in the United States.
  • Further boutique stores were opened in 1999.
  • In 2002, the flamboyant fashion designer was presented with the Fashion Group, Designer of the Year Award. In the same year, Cavalli opened his first Café, in Florence and launched his first fragrance line and further boutique stores.
  • Things didn’t go so well in 2003, when Cavalli appeared in court for charges of tax fraud.
  • In 2004 his company turned over 150 million US dollars.


Roberto Cavalli is well-known for his animal print designs and tailoring, reminiscent of bohemian glamour and seductive cuts. His fashion designs are of cutting-edge and make Roberto a designer of substance and style.


  • The Italian fashion designer collaborated with numerous female musicians, including Christina Aguilera, The Spice Girls and Jennifer Lopez, designing their show costumes.
  • In 2008, the Roberto Cavalli indulged his love of art, by creating limited edition bottles for Diet Coke.
  • Cavalli was awarded with a Honorary Master Diploma in Fashion Management, from the Domus Academy, in June 2013.
  • He has worked with many high-profiled models like Mariacari Boscono, Karolina Kurkova, Eva Riccobono, Natasha Poly, Jessica Stam.
  • Gianluca Brozzetti, CEO and Carlo Di Biagio, COO of Roberto’s fashion house announced their departure in 2014.
  • Today, the 76 year old is living a lavish lifestyle and also owns a restaurant in Milan and a chocolate factory in Florence.

“I think God is the most fantastic designer.”

Roberto Cavalli

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