Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Italy on November 15, 1940 and raised in modest surroundings. He had rather strong artistic traditions, his mother was a tailor and his grandfather a Florentine impressionist painter – whose work can be seen in the Uffizi Gallery.
Following in this tradition Roberto frequented the Academy of Art. Capricious, eclectic, and from the beginning original, he began his career at a young age whilst still a student, inventing along with a friend – just for fun on a ping-pong table – the first of his revolutionary creations: a process of printing on light-weight leather which he was able to do thanks to his meticulous research of fabrics and continual experimentation with new technologies.
In his printing-house – something half way between a craftsman’s workshop and an artist’s studio – he concentrated his studies on the links between art, fashion and painting, eventually patenting the revolutionary process of printing on leather that he had evolved. Over the next ten years he created, almost by chance, what was to become a “must” for the beat generation: for fun, sewing together odd pieces of leather he invented the first of his patchworks which were a huge success and can honestly be considered true classics.
With the Seventies came international recognition and the beginning of a brilliant career.
Menswear Just Cavalli (a line for youngsters)
Underwear Class(a knitwear collection)
Freedom (the casual line)
Angels (a line for children from 4 to 14)
An inspiration to the international jet-set, Roberto Cavalli is taken for granted by stars all over the world. Eclectic, social and ironic by nature, as a designer he sets himself apart through his natural vivaciousness and extreme cordiality – as well as his proverbial hospitality which makes him the perfect host of parties and dinners.
Like all good Tuscans, he loves to surround himself with friends to celebrate not only his successes but even the smallest occasion: for Roberto Cavalli any reason is a good reason to celebrate with a friend. As well as his brilliant career as a designer he is equally well-known for his spectacular parties, which are always attended by Italian and international celebrities. Ornella Muti, Anna Oxa, Nancy Brilli, Jennifer Lopez, Mena Suvari, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Cindy Crawford, Cher, Zucchero, Linus, Lenny Kravitz, Bono from U2, Anthony Hopkins, The Beckhams and Sting.