Sergio Rossi started to make shoes in the 1950s, working with his father in Italy.
Armed with the tools and traditions of shoe making that he has learnt, he went to Milan to improve his shoe making skills still further, training there for two years so that he could develop an appreciationg of form and shape, which forms the very basis of a shoemaker's art.
In the 1960s, Sergio Rossi began to sell his own range of shoes to shops in Bologna, and in the 1970s he collaborated with Gianni Versace, with models wearing Versace clothes and Sergio Rossi footwear on the catwalks. Many other clothing designers wanted their models to wear Sergio Rossi shoes, but Sergio Rossi could not fulfill all the requests made of him. However, he never said no to Gianni Versace.
It was the Milan shows that showcased Sergio Rossi's talent to the world and made him well known in the international fashion industry.
In the 1980s, Sergio Rossi also designed shoes for Dolce & Gabbana and Azzedine Alaia.
In 1999, the Gucci group finalised the acquisition of the Sergio Rossi brand. The creative director is currently Francesco Russo who is in charge of all the collections, for both men and women, including footwear, bags and accessories. Francesco Russo puts his own interpretation into the designs whilst respecting the Sergio Rossi brand identity. He created the first collection for the brand for the Autumn Winter 2009 / 2010 season.
The question would better be asked, which celebrities don't wear Sergio Rossi shoes, because there are so many of them that patronise the brand, including Eva Longoria, Katy Perry (see photo on the right), Anne Hathaway, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez (see photo on the left), Kate Beckinsale, Mischa Barton, Naomi Campbell, Sandra Bullock, Keira Knightley and Penelope Cruz.
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