is one of the leading countries in fashion design
, alongside others such as France
, United States
and United Kingdom
. Fashion has always been an important part of the country's cultural life
and society, and Italians are well known for their attention of dressing-up well; "la bella figura"
, or good impression, remains traditional.
Italian fashion became prominent during the 11th–16th centuries, when artistic development in Italy was at its peak. Cities such as Palermo
started to produce luxury goods
and rich fabrics
. During the 17th-early 20th centuries, Italian fashion
lost its importance and lustre and Europe's main trendsetter became France, with the great popularity of French fashion
; this is due to the luxury dresses which were designed for the courtiers of Louis XIV
. However, since the 1951–53 fashion soirées held by Giovanni Battista Giorgini in Florence, the "Italian school
" started to compete with the French haute couture
, and labels such as Ferragamo
began to contend with Chanel
. In 2009, according to the Global Language Monitor
, Italy's centre of design
, was ranked the top fashion capital
of the world, and Rome
was ranked 4th, and, despite both cities fell down places in subsequent rankings, in 2011, Florence entered as the 31st world fashion capital. Milan is generally considered to be one of the "big four" global fashion capitals, along with New York City
, and London
; occasionally, the "big five" also includes Rome. Read more...