The trend-setting Milanese catwalks in 1986 were populated by aggressive managerial women dressed "to kill" in severly tailored suits with broad shoulders that meant "business." The "Dress for Success" look was the expression of a rampant "yuppie" society that relegated femininity to the domestic walls. In stark contrast, Romeo Gigli's pale, delicate, long-necked and barefooted models drifted into the limelight draped in simple romantic tunics that looked as soft as rose petals. He took the fashion world by storm. Romeo Gigli's women love to feel beautiful in his luxurious and sensual clothes. He has been described the "minimalist" of fashion, the master of "understatement," the "romantic intellectual".
Romeo Gigli comes from a wealthy aristocratic family, he draws on a rich culture imbibed from the 20,000 rare antiquarian books in his bigliophile father's library and on his many travels to the East. His muses are the Empress Theodora from Byzanthium, the young and beautiful women depicted in the mosaics of Ravenna's Byzantine Churches, and Piero della Francesca's virginal beauties.
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