|Died||23 October 1999
|Cause of death||Throat cancer|
|Labels||Luciano Soprani S.r.l.|
Soprani was born in Reggiolo in 1946 to a family of farmers 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 in Reggio Emilia. He stayed there for nearly eight years, before moving to Milan in 1974. As a freelancer, he worked with labels such as Heliette, Basile, Nazareno, Gabrielli and Gucci.
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.
His friend Dilio Ortigoza succeeded him as designer at the company, to be followed by Alessandro Turci in 2002. Studio Soprani was acquired by the perfume company Satinine S.p.a., and renamed Luciano Soprani S.r.l. in January 2006.
Notes and references
- Horyn, Cathy (1999). "Luciano Soprani, 53, Designer Who Won Fashion Fame in 80's". New York Times (published 1999-10-27). Obituary
- "The History". Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-03-31.Official website
- "Wild Orchid - Production Credits". New York Times.
- "The Company". Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-03-31.Official website