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A Look Inside an Armani Jacket

Jun 05, 2013
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In 1974, an unknown named Giorgio Armani burst upon the fashion scene with an unconstructed blazer that changed forever the way women could look in suits. Today Armani is a major fashion force throughout the world, and his trademark remains unchanged: top-quality traditional men’s tailored jackets remade for a woman’s body. The key to the transformation was then, and is still, to soften and reduce the internal structure while preserving all the subtlety of the original cut, and then to make the resulting garment in women’s sizes and in extraordinary and sensuous fabrics. The idea is simple; the trick is to know how to carry it off. Armani has carried the idea off so wellthat his entirely machine-made jackets have achieved nearly legendary levels of desirability; they sell briskly despite prices in the neighborhood of $1000 and up a piece. I recently had the opportunity to closely examine a dozen or so begged and borrowed Armani jackets, from this and previous seasons. I swooned over the fabrics, analyzed the cut, and explored the inner workings to my heart’s content, and confirmed that no matter how far he appears to stray, Armani has kept steadfastly to his roots in traditional Italian…

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