By  on January 31, 2005

Among his peers, Giorgio Armani is lauded for inventing Italian sportswear, bringing his country's sophisticated taste levels to U.S. shores and changing the way Hollywood feels about fashion. Here are some observations on Armani from the fashion world.

“Giorgio Armani has been an idol and a mentor to me. He was definitely a designer who made fashion a desire for both men and women. He made men and women feel secure in the world of fashion. He made them feel like they were walking down the runway every day with comfort and style. He took fashion to a height. He embraces artistry and functionality, which is a true gift, and understands what it takes to make clothes. The key is the cut and the fabric, and he understands the importance of this and doesn’t take it lightly.” — Donna Karan

“Mr. Armani changed the face of fashion and the way people dressed. What I have admired most about him is that he turned his iconic style, as well as his refined product, into a business that also broke new ground and never veered from his vision. I think that to do both is something few true designers have done today.”  — Narciso Rodriguez

“Armani gave active, modern women a uniform for busy lives. He cleaned up Hollywood and softened men’s tailoring, all in a chic uncontrived manner. His consistency has brought him an incredibly loyal fan base of regular people and celebrities, and in a business of roller-coaster highs and lows, he has stayed his course, which is very admirable. Buying my first Armani jacket while a student at FIT, I was so thrilled with my purchase that I folded it over my arm inside out so the label was on full display as I strolled Madison Avenue.”   — Michael Kors

“He completely shaped fashion. His is a true sense of modernity and modern-day glamour that is casual and elegant. When he was being honored at the Fashion Group International Night of the Stars dinner last year, there were all these women wearing his dresses and they were impeccable. He makes truly modern pieces of glamour that are not referential. It’s global glamour. And for his exhibit, he picked Robert Wilson. Anyone who picks Robert Wilson for anything is a genius.”   — Zac Posen

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