Cavalli, Roberto

Roberto Cavalli (b. 1940) is firstly a textile artist who uses his fabrics as canvasses for his fashions. Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Italy into a family with strong artistic traditions. His mother was a tailor and his grandfather a Florentine impressionist painter, whose works reside in the Uffizi Museum.

Roberto began his career inventing a process for printing leather. He also became known for his leather and fabric patchwork clothes that created a scandal in his first collection, presented in 1972 at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. His patchwork on denim fashions were snubbed by straight-laced Florentines but loved by the young hip crowd, including the influential Brigitte Bardot. Success came slowly over the years to Roberto Cavalli but in the 1990s he enjoyed a period of great success with his innovatively printed clothing.

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from a 1973 denim patchwork dress - Courtesy of kickshawproductions
from a 1973 denim patchwork dress
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from a 1980s suede coat - Courtesy of SweetMelissasVintage
from a 1980s suede coat
Courtesy of SweetMelissasVintage
from a mid 2000s dress - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo
from a mid 2000s dress
Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

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