Luciano Soprani

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Luciano Soprani
Born 1946
Reggiolo, Italy
Died 23 October 1999(1999-10-23) (aged 53)
Cause of death
Throat cancer
Residence Milan
Nationality Italian
Occupation Fashion designer
Children Lorenzo
Labels Luciano Soprani S.r.l.

Luciano Soprani (1946–23 October 1999) was an Italian fashion designer known for his tailored, colorful men's suits and silk evening gowns.

Early life[edit]

Soprani was born in Reggiolo[1] in 1946[citation needed] to a family of farmers[1] in the province of Reggio Emilia. After studying agriculture, he decided that he was more interested in fashion, and in 1967 he joined the local firm of Max Mara[1] in Reggio Emilia. He stayed there for nearly eight years,[1] before moving to Milan in 1974.[2] As a freelancer, he worked with labels such as Heliette, Basile, Nazareno, Gabrielli and Gucci.[2]


In 1982 he set up his own label, while continuing to work for other houses such as Gucci.[1] He was also wardrobe designer for the 1990 film Wild Orchid.[3]

In 1992 Soprani fell out with his Japanese business partner, Onward Kashiyama Co., Ltd., who owned 70% of Luciano Soprani SpA. Soprani dissociated himself from the company, whilst seeking to regain use of the trademark.

Soprani died of throat cancer in a hospital in Milan, on 23 October 1999.[1]

His friend Dilio Ortigoza succeeded him as designer at the company,[citation needed] to be followed by Alessandro Turci in 2002.[4] Studio Soprani was acquired by the perfume company Satinine S.p.a., and renamed Luciano Soprani S.r.l. in January 2006.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Horyn, Cathy (1999). "Luciano Soprani, 53, Designer Who Won Fashion Fame in 80's". New York Times (published 1999-10-27).  Obituary
  2. ^ a b "The History". Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-03-31. Official website
  3. ^ "Wild Orchid - Production Credits". New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b "The Company". Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-03-31. Official website

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