Luciano Soprani

Nanna Marie Lund

Designer Biography

DOI: 10.5040/9781474260428-FPA091

Luciano Soprani was born in Reggiolo, Italy, in 1946. He grew up in a family of farmers and started to study agriculture. After graduating, he decided on a career in fashion design instead.

Soprani was first employed by Max Mara at the age of twenty-one. Three years later, he became responsible for all the collections within the fashion house except Sportmax. He left Max Mara eight years later to do freelance work for Basile, the Gruppo Finanziario Tessile, Nazareno Gabrielli, and Gucci.

Alongside his freelance work, Soprani launched his own label in 1981. His target group was young, career-minded women of the 1980s, who valued elegant style in strong colors with modern shoulder pads. In 1986 Luciano Soprani became partners with the Japanese Onward Kasihiyama Co. Ltd. This made it possible for him to expand worldwide and enter the Japanese and American markets. Soprani also expanded his work beyond women’s ready-to-wear and started to design bridal, bridegroom, and children’s collections. Soprani launched his first perfume, called Solo, in 1995, which was later followed by others. Soprani also hit the big screen, designing costumes for the American film Wild Orchid in 1990.

Soprani died aged fifty-three in October 1999 of throat cancer. The company was left to his assistant, Dilio Ortigoza. In 2002 Ortigoza was succeeded by the designer Alessandro Turci.

Luciano Soprani, Fall/Winter 1983 Photograph by Niall McInerney, Fashion Photography Archive

References and Further Reading

Find in Library Horyn Cathy. ““Luciano Soprani, 53, Designer Who Won Fashion Fame in 80s”.” The New York Times , 27 October 1999. .

Luciano Soprani. Website.

Find in Library ““Luciano Soprani”.” Made-in-Italy, n.d. (accessed February 2014).