The Armani Quiz

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The Armani Quiz
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Armani may have had its heyday in the '80s, but the brand continues to ride high in the fashion world in the 21st century. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Armani's life and legacy.
Where was future design icon Giorgio Armani born?
France
Italy
Armani was born July 11, 1934, in Piacenza, Italy, a small town near Milan.
Spain

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True or false: Armani's family connections helped him make it in the fashion world.
true
false
Armani grew up poor and experienced the bombings of World War II. He found solace in the local movie theater, where he studied the fashions worn by the stars.

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What was Armani's original career plan?
medicine
Armani planned to be a doctor, and he spent two years at medical school at the University of Piacenza before switching paths.
fashion
military

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What was Armani's first fashion-related job?
clothing sales
sewing machine repairs
window dressing
Armani got his break in the industry when he took a job as a window dresser for La Rinascente, a department store in Milan.

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What year did Armani release his own clothing line?
1975
Armani and partner Sergio Galeotti started Giorgio Armani S.p.A. in July 1975 and released Armani's first clothing line that same year.
1977
1979

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What type of clothes did Armani release first?
women's
men's
Armani started off with just a line for men but released a line for women the next year.
both

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What fabric did Armani famously focus on at the start of his career?
chain mail
leather
Armani designed a line of bomber jackets in the early '70s, transforming leather into a casual, everyday material for the first time.
fur

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What did Armani remove from suit jackets in 1975?
buttons
lapels
lining
Armani removed the stuffy lining from suit jackets, giving them a deconstructed look that revolutionized men's clothing.

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What movie made Armani a star in the U.S.?
"The Shining"
"The Empire Strikes Back"
"American Gigolo"
Armani designed Richard Gere's wardrobe for the 1980 flick "American Gigolo," which helped popularize the Armani brand in the U.S.

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Which of these is associated with the Armani power suit?
wide lapels
Armani is closely associated with the power suit of the 1980s, known for its wide lapels and broad shoulders.
large cuffs
big shoulders

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What era helped inspire the power suit?
1930s
1940s
Armani drew inspiration for his famous suit design from the glamour of Hollywood in the 1940s, particularly stars like Marlene Dietrich.
1950s

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What TV show did Armani provide the wardrobe for?
"The Cosby Show"
"The A-Team"
"Miami Vice"
Armani designed many of the pastel-colored suits and other garments worn by Don Johnson and other "Miami Vice" stars in the mid-'80s.

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What year did Armani open his first restaurant?
1985
1987
1989
In 1989, Armani opened an Emporio Armani Express restaurant in London, followed shortly by one in Florence.

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What got Armani into big trouble with the law in the mid '90s?
assault
tax fraud
Armani admitted to bribing auditors to reduce his tax bill and was slapped with a heavy fine and a suspended jail sentence in 1996.
drugs

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What year did Armani's best friend and business partner Sergio Galeotti die?
1981
1983
1985
Galeotti, who ran the Armani business since the beginning, died of AIDS in 1985, leaving Armani to carry on the brand alone.

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How many Armani stores were there worldwide by the end of the end of the '90s?
100
200
There were more than 200 Armani stores worldwide as the 21st century dawned, and the company had annual sales of around $2 billion.
500

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When did Armani launch his haute couture line?
2005
Armani liked the challenge of creating one-of-a-kind designs, which led him to launch a haute couture line in 2005.
2008
2012

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When did the first Armani Exchange store open?
1981
1986
1991
The company launched the relatively low-cost Armani Exchange brand in 1991, with the first retail shop opening in New York City that same year.

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Which of these did the company introduce in 1997?
watches
Armani released a line of watches in 1997. The first Armani Jeans stores opened that same year.
pens
glasses

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What year did Armani launch a line of cosmetics?
1998
2000
Armani cosmetics debuted in 2000. The company introduced Armani/Casa, a line of home goods, that same year.
2002

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True or false: Armani has maintained a very feminine design in his clothing for women.
true
false
Armani is known for his androgynous appeal, with many clothes looking equally appropriate on any gender.

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What is Armani's signature color palette?
greige
Armani has always been influenced by the colors of the North African desert, and many of his designs feature a sandy or greige color palette.
neon
black and white

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What did Armani name his Milan exhibition space?
Silos
In 2015, Armani opened an exhibition space in Milan called Silos. The space features four floors of past and present Armani clothing on display.
Silence
Haute

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What is the name of Armani's couture line?
Armani One
Armani Gold
Armani Prive
Armani Prive includes custom-made pieces for celebrities and the very wealthy.

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Where did Armani open its first branded hotel?
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The first Armani hotel opened in Dubai in 2010, followed soon after by another location in Milan.
Milan
London

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Which actress famously wore an Armani suit to the Golden Globes in 1991?
Kim Basinger
Demi Moore
Demi Moore, on the arm of Bruce Willis, attended the 1991 Golden Globes decked out in a cutting edge Armani suit.
Angelina Jolie

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Which of these is NOT an Armani fragrance?
Acqua Di Gio
Armani Silver
Armani is well-known for its line of fragrances, but Armani Silver is not one of them.
Armani Code

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What fragrance did Armani introduce in 1999?
A
Eau
G
Armani's G fragrance made a big splash in 1999. The company helped promote the new scent by sponsoring tours by Lauryn Hill and Ricky Martin.

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Who wore a $100,000 Armani gown to the 2014 Oscars?
Anne Hathaway
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett's 2014 Armani Oscar gown came with a $100,000 price tag. This seems like a lot, until you learn that her jewelry for the same event was worth $18 million.
Angelina Jolie

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What color was Anne Hathaway's much-celebrated Armani gown at the 2009 Oscars?
white
Hathaway famously donned a sparkling white strapless Armani dress to the 2009 Oscars.
black
red

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