Gianfranco Ferré began his career as an architect, designing furniture in Milan. In 1969 some gold chains he made for his girlfriend were spotted in Portofino, and soon he was designing accessories fro Bally and Lagerfeld. Fiorucci snapped him up to design their iconic striped t-shirts. By the mid-seventies he had his own label, and went on to win the Occhio d’Oro award (best Italian designer) six times, and design for the House of Dior.
Ferré was a true northern Italian, he hated dishonesty and admired intelligence, culture, and amusing people. Unimpressed by rave press reviews, he preferred those of his women clients who “have balls”, like seventies icons Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson and Diane Keaton.