Emilio Pucci (1914 – 1992) Italian fashion designer

Emilio Pucci “Elegance is movement”. Credit: Denver Post

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Emilio Pucci (1914 – 1992) trained for a year at the University of Milan before becoming a leading figure in Italian fashion in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1935, he travelled to the United States to study before returning to the University of Florence, where he received his diploma in 1941.

Veruschka In Emilio Pucci Pyjama Ensemble by Henry Clarke
Veruschka In Emilio Pucci Pyjama Ensemble by Henry Clarke


After being featured modelling his designs in Harper’s Bazaar in 1948, he became a trendy skiwear designer after the war. In 1949, he added caps, casual trousers, and shirts to his repertoire, bringing him ever closer to an affluent, fashion-conscious clientele that mirrored his social background.

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In 1950, he opened his own couture house in Florence, where his colourful casual clothes drew growing attention. From the mid-1950s, when he opened a shop on Fifth Avenue in New York and was featured in Vogue, his clothes became extremely popular on both sides of the Atlantic. He was also a Member of Parliament for Florence from 1964 to 1973. During that time, a young, less elitist generation of Milanese designers such as Armani and Versace emerged.

However, there was a resurgence of interest in Pucci’s designs (‘Puccimania’) in the 1990s, as evidenced by the Versace Collection of 1991, which was based closely on Pucci’s 1960s work.


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Additional Reading

Ambasz, E. (Ed.). (1972). Italy: The new domestic landscape: Achievements and problems of Italian design (No. 15). New York Graphic Society Books.Bosoni, G. (2008). Italian design. MoMA.

Burigana, A., & Ciampi, M. (2006). Italian designers at home. Seagull Books.

Calefato, P. (2021). Fashion as Cultural Translation: Signs, Images, Narratives. United Kingdom: Anthem Press.

Celant, G., & Strauss, C. (2020). Radical: Italian Design 1965-1985: The Dennis Freedman Collection. The Museum of Fine Arts.

Ciampi, M., Burigana, A. (2006). Italian Designers at Home. United Kingdom: Antique Collectors Club Limited.

Gnoli, S., Bowles, H. (2020). The World of Federico Forquet: Italian Fashion, Interiors, Gardens. United States: Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated.

Hunt, J. D. (Ed.). (1996). The Italian Garden: Art, Design and Culture. Cambridge University Press.

Lazzaro, C., & Lieberman, R. (1990). The Italian Renaissance garden: from the conventions of planting, design, and ornament to the grand gardens of sixteenth-century Central Italy (p. 826). New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Lees-Maffei, G., & Fallan, K. (2014). Made in Italy rethinking a century of Italian design. Bloomsbury.

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