So integral to the fashion fibres of Milan is Giorgio Armani, that the designer's 40th anniversary fell on the same day as the global exhibition – the Expo 2015 in Milan. The spotlight was on Milan and Armani was amplifying it. With a string of celebrations to mark the occasion, from an elegant cocktail reception to a fashion presentation, Giorgio Armani also opened a striking museum space on Milan's Via Bergognone. The sleek space, named Armani/Silos, was the perfect minimalist backdrop for the elegantly staged retrospective exhibition, which was curated by Armani himself from the archives of his women's and menswear collections from the past four decades.

Showcasing Giorgio Armani fashion from the past 40 years, the museum is filled with 600 garments and 200 accessories that include subtly chic daywear, stunning gowns, and so many examples of exemplary suiting, for which this Italian sartorialist is best known. 

Arranged across two floors, the first level introduced the more typical origins of the designer, with an homage to his famous love of neutral taupe and beiges, as well as his business-wear and those famous jackets that started this fashion label in motion 40 years ago. The second floor opened up a more opulent showing of the Armani evening-wear, shimmering silk gowns and cocktail dresses were displayed agains gyroscopic installations and silk panels. And the designers rich eastern oriental influenced collections are also proudly exhibited here.

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