Designer Giorgio Armani has announced plans to release his autobiography, simply titled “Giorgio Armani,” which will be published by Rizzoli.
The hardcover book offers many unpublished and well-known images by international photographers — including Steven Meisel, David Sims, Craig McDean, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Deborah Turbeville, Aldo Fallai and Annie Leibovitz — alongside text written by Armani himself.
“I tried to pick those images that better represent my life and my professional path, and I also wanted to include unpublished images,” Armani told WWD.” I thought of the book as a long sequence of pictures, almost like in a movie, interrupted by notes written in the first person: a constant stream mixing public and private, life and work.”
A regular version of the tome will retail for $150, while a deluxe limited edition will be sold at $350. It will be presented at a press conference on Sept. 28, after Armani’s signature runway show for Milan Fashion week. The book will hit stores the next day, according to WWD.
“I’m focused and controlled, but behind the iciness is a hot-blooded and sensitive personality. I have learned to protect myself, otherwise the world might have taken advantage of me,” the designer writes in his self-titled autobiography. “I’m introverted and reserved: I have always preferred my studio to parties and social events and, even today, I’m still the first to arrive at work in the morning and the last one to leave at night. I have found a way to not be overwhelmed by the indispensable performative side of my work: I have surrounded myself with a sort of mystique that some may interpret as being aloof, others as a role, others still as a form of shyness. And the latter is the interpretation I like best.”
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