Legnano 1944-Milan 2007. One of Italy’s best-known fashion designers. A graduate in Architecture from the Politecnico University of Milan in 1969, he entered fashion in the 1970s. In 1978 he founded his own maison, Gianfranco Ferré SpA, and in 1989 became the artistic director of the French Christian Dior. In 1986 came the first Gianfranco Ferré Couture collection. Created Gianfranco Ferré Jeans and signed an agreement with Italiana Manifatture SpA of San Benedetto del Tronto for the production and distribution of his collections.