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Fashion Designer Who Revolutionized The Denim Industry Dead At 83



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Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, best known for revolutionizing the denim industry in the 1990s, passed away this week at the age of 83. No cause of death was revealed.

The news was confirmed through a post on the designer’s Instagram, where a statement about his passing was shared.

In the same post, Fausto Puglisi, who has been the Creative Director at Roberto Cavalli since October 2020, also released a statement about the loss of his friend and coworker.

“Dear Roberto, you may not be physically here with us anymore but I know I will feel your spirit with me always. It is the greatest honour of my career to work under your legacy and to create for the brand you founded with such vision and style. Rest in peace you will be missed and you are loved by so many that your name will continue on, a beacon of inspiration for others, and especially for me” 


Cavalli released his first collection, titled after himself, in the 1970s. Early in his career, he worked alongside stars such as Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. Although well-known in Europe, Cavalli had not yet achieved international success.

In the 1990s, Roberto made the decision to incorporate Lycra fabric, also known as spandex, into jeans, giving them a tighter fit. Cavalli was the first designer to use fiber in jeans. After Naomi Campbell famously wore Cavalli’s jeans during a runway show in 1993, the jeans quickly became a sensation in the fashion industry.

After achieving success in the 1990s, Cavali became an international star and one of the most sought-after designers. He designed everything from eyewear to underwear for years to come.

Roberto remained a well-known figure in Hollywood and a regular presence on red carpets. Celebrity fans of the designercontinue to wear pieces designed by Cavalli, such as Beyoncé and Victoria Beckham.

Rest in peace!


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