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Gianfranco Ferré

Italian, 1944-2007

Remembered fondly with a nod to his architecture education as the “Frank Lloyd Wright of Italian Fashion” and the “Architect of Fashion,” Milanese designer Gianfranco Ferré spent a lifetime creating handbags, dresses, jackets and other garments and accessories that were defined by meticulous tailoring and crisp geometry. Designing the iconic Lady Dior handbag after being named artistic director at Dior during the late 1980s is only one of Ferré’s impressive achievements in the fashion industry.

Ferré was born in Legnano and was raised by his mother and two aunts. He studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic but had a love for fashion, and made belts and other items for female friends in his classes. He graduated in 1969.

Ferré’s accessories caught the eye of Rosy Biffi, who operated boutiques in Milan with her sister, Adele. He was encouraged by Biffi to create clothing, and soon began creating jewelry and accessories for Christiane Bailly and Walter Albini. The latter is an unsung hero of 20th-century fashion, while Bailly was part of a small group of prominent young stylistes who helped build a sterling reputation for French ready-to-wear fashion during the 1960s. Ferré’s work was photographed by Italian Vogue, and he secured commissions from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Elio Fiorucci.

Ferré appreciated other cultures and drew inspiration from his travels abroad. His most influential trip — a years-long stint in India — saw him bringing bright colors and patterns to his evening dresses and day dresses. While there he created a collection for the Genoa-based San Giorgio Impermeabili. Ferrè designed for brands such as Les Grenouilles and Baila, and met with Italian businessman and clothing manufacturer Franco Mattioli, who would become an important collaborator. 

In 1978, Ferré and Mattioli became equal business partners in establishing Ferré’s own label, for which he designed women’s ready-to-wear and menswear collections in Milan. In 1983, he was named the first professor of fashion at the Domus Academy

While teaching, Ferré won the Occhio d’Oro — Italy’s award for best fashion designer — six times. In 1986, he introduced his first women’s fragrance, his first couture and fur collections, and a new line called Studio 00l. A few years later, Bernard Arnault, owner of Christian Dior, appointed him artistic director. 

It was unexpected for an Italian to be given the job at Dior — one of fashion’s most coveted roles — as that position traditionally went to French designers. There, as Marc Bohan’s successor, Ferré created luxurious and striking gowns that drew on his architecture studies in their sculptural forms while celebrating the long history of the legendary house. He revisited the nipped-waist silhouettes of Dior’s postwar years, and his work dazzled onlookers and exuded femininity. Ferré won the Dé d'Or prize in 1989 for his first collection at the label.

In the early 1990s, Ferré designed the Lady Dior handbag (prior to its 1995 debut, it was called the Chouchou). The boxy top-handled accessory soared to immense popularity after French first lady Bernadette Chirac gave a version in black leather to Diana, Princess of Wales. Each bag, which was eventually named for the Princess, is made from 130 pieces of leather and worked on by seven Dior craftsmen who spend at least eight hours perfecting it. 

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Gianfranco Ferré clothing, accessories and handbags and purses.

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Designer: Gianfranco Ferré
Gianfranco Ferre Black Silver Fox Fur Leather Vest
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This GF vintage vest is made from soft silver fox with matching black leather side panels. We offer more exclusive fur items, view our frontstore Details: with 3 closing hooks Gia...
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20th Century Unknown Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Black Wool Long Coat Jacket w/ Belt Size 44
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gianfranco Ferre Black Wool Long Coat Jacket w/ Belt Size 44 Product details: Size 44 Featuring large collar detail, measure 4" high One gold and silver...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Gianfranco Ferré

1990s Gianfranco Ferre Black & White Evening Dress
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in San Francisco, CA
1990s Gianfranco Ferre Black & White Evening Dress. White silk taffeta sweetheart neckline bodice, empire waist. Black sweater knit skirt with silv...
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre fringed yellow dress
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Amsterdam, NL
This dress is made in one piece with fring and has a zipper at the back. Its in good vintage condition with some wear. Size is marked Italian 46 which is about US 12 /EU 40-42 Pleas...
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20th Century Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Oaks by Gianfranco Ferre Black & White Wool Jacket
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Capri, IT
Oaks by Gianfranco Ferre Black & White Jacket Totally made in italy in size 40 Composition: Wool
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1980s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Vintage 1990s Gianfranco Ferre green velvet gown
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
STUNNING Gianfranco Ferre dark forest green velvet Long evening gown with unique black matte silk rolled collar neckline. Small light shoulder pads, bac...
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Early 2000s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Forma Zero by Gff Beije Jacket
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Capri, IT
Forma Zero by Gff Beije Jacket Totally made in italy in italian size range 46 Composition: Acetate and wool
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

1990s Gianfranco Black Knit Illusion Dress
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage 1990s Gianfranco Ferre black knit dress with sheer sleeve. Size 6 / Medium All Sales is final
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Vintage Gianfranco Ferre 1990s Brown + White Zebra Jeweled BodyCon Jersey Dress
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing vintage GIANFRANCO FERRE (early 90s) brown and white abstract zebra printed rayon jersey BodyCon dress! Features incredible Amber and green crystal jewels below bust. Intrica...
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in University City, MO
Gianfranco Ferre Elegant champagne silk sheath dress Made in Italy Size 46 The stylish dress is designed with luminous champagne color silk The dress ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Gianfranco Ferré

GIANFRANCO FERRE STUDIO ivory wool crepe double breasted coat jacket IT42 M
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Hong Kong, NT
GIANFRANCO FERRE STUDIO ivory wool crepe double breasted coat jacket IT42 M Reference: GIYG/A00015 Brand: Gianfranco Ferre Designer: Gianfranco Ferre Model: Double breasted coat Mate...
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Black Wool Short Sleeve Jumpsuit Size S
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Very good. Minimal wear to jumpsuit is evident. There is a small pluck to the weave on the right side knee area on this used Gianfranco Ferré designer resale item. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Gianfranco Ferré

New Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Mask Copper Y2K Made In Italy Sunglasses
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Sunglasses Wrap around mask with copper frame and brown mono lens. New, Never Worn Or Displayed This Item May Show Minor Sign Of Wear Due To Storag...
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

New Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Mask Wrap Around Y2K Made In Italy Sunglasses
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Sunglasses Black wrap around mask with light grey mono Lens. New, Never Worn Or Displayed This Item May Show Minor Sign Of Wear Due To Storage Ma...
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

New Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Half Black Frame Y2K Made In Italy Sunglasses
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Sunglasses Black half frame sporting grey gradient lens. New, Never Worn Or Displayed This Item May Show Minor Sign Of Wear Due To Storage Made I...
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

GF Ferre Dark Blue Rain Jacket 8 Yrs
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The GF Ferre rain jacket in dark blue color is a perfect blend of utility and style for your eight-year-old. Crafted in shell fabric of protective polyester, the coat features a zip ...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Vintage Embossed Brown Leather Bucket Bag
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Rome, Rome
Beautiful Vintage Gianfranco Ferre brown leather bucket bag. Drawstring closure. Black canvas lining. Adjustable shoulder strap. 1 side zip pocket inside . Condition B - VERY GOOD Ge...
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1980s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré White Cut-out Top - '00s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
This one-of-a-kind Gianfranco Ferré top features lace and sequined details as well as flattering triangle cut outs in the waist and back areas. It can be styled with a skirt or pants...
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Early 2000s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Large Travel Bag - '10s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
The Gianfranco Ferré large travel bag is the perfect luxurious accessory for any globetrotter. Crafted from brown calfskin, it features a secure zip closure and golden hardware. The ...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Vintage Black Embossed Leather Satchel Bag
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Rome, Rome
Beautiful Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Black embossed leather satchel bag. Top carry handle. Magnetic button closure. Signature lining. 1 side zip pocket inside. Giangraco Ferre tag insi...
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1980s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Bralette - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré black bralette decorated with tubular crystals. Total length:18; Bust:39;
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Sequined Sheer Jacket - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré sheer jacket with all over sequin in light pink. The jacket has a front zipper opening with a golden ball. The hem is elaborated with golden round sequins and beads....
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Knit Cardigan - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
The Gianfranco Ferré knit cardigan combines the luxurious softness of merino wool with the comfort of cotton. With a v-neck and front button closure, this dark olive cardigan feature...
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Striped Blazer - '80s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré '80s striped blue silk blend blazer. Featuring a classic lapel, long sleeves, three buttons and flap pockets. Shoulder:42;Sleeve:60;Bust:50;Waist:47;Total Length:77
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1980s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Knit Sweater - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Expertly crafted by Gianfranco Ferré, this 90s knit sweater is a cozy and stylish staple for any wardrobe. Made from luxurious virgin wool with intricate cabl...
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Sheer Top - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
This Gianfranco Ferré top is made of sheer silk and is the perfect vintage look for the modern fashionista. The grey hue and detailed hem offer a refined style, while the sleeveless ...
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Sequin Cocktail Dress - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré multicolor sequin dress. Zip fastening. Shoulder:40;Sleeve:16.5;Bust:40;Waist:37;Total Length:78
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Zippered Knit Sweater - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
This Gianfranco Ferré Zippered Knit Sweater is made of luxurious merino wool, providing both warmth and softness. Its ribbed knit design adds texture to the moss green color, accente...
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Suede Skirt - '80s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Expertly crafted by Gianfranco Ferré, this vintage suede skirt is made with 100% leather and lined with viscose. The layered silhouette boasts a zip closure and side slit for a sleek...
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1980s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Camel Blazer - '00s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Expertly crafted from a wool blend fabric, the Gianfranco Ferré Camel Blazer exudes sophistication. This classic piece features an embossed brand logo thr...
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Early 2000s Gianfranco Ferré

Long Skirt - '80s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré black skirt. Long skirt decorated with lace and tulle. Waist:35;Total Length:70
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1980s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Black Crocodile Wallet - '70s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré black crocodile leather wallet. Rectangular style. Height:11;Width:18;Depth:2
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1970s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Beaded Herringbone Coat - '80s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Sparkling coat designed by Gianfranco Ferré in the 80's with full coverage hand embroidery on wool tweed fabric and gray and black herringbone yarns. Embellished with gray, white and...
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1980s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Studio Checkered Blazer - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Expertly tailored from the contemporary line, the Gianfranco Ferré Studio blazer is a timeless piece in a grey hue checkered fabric. With a classic notched lapel collar and 3 front b...
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Bead Embellished Scarf - '10s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
This Gianfranco Ferré scarf is the perfect blend of classic elegance and modern-day glamor. Made from a double-layered lightweight fabric in a vivid red, i...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Black Jacket - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Ferré black wool jacket. Classic collar with lapels and five button front closure. Shoulder:42;Sleeve:62;Bust:49.5;Waist:44;Total Length:76
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Long Coat - '00s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Expertly crafted from luxurious virgin wool, this Gianfranco Ferré coat exudes classic elegance. Designed with a single breasted closure and ragl...
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Early 2000s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Studded Long Dress - '80s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Crafted by Gianfranco Ferré, this glamorous 80s dress boasts stunning golden and silver embellishments and studs on a mesh fabric. Lined for full coverage, the maxi length and V-neck...
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1980s Gianfranco Ferré

Ferre' 70s striped shirt
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Basaluzzo, IT
Striped shirt in beige/brown tones Gianfranco Ferre' studio. Clear cuffs and collar, fabric-covered buttons Measures: Spalle 44cm Sleeve 67cm Petto 50cm Length 60cm
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1970s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferré Paisley Printed Jacket - '90s
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Milano, IT
Expertly crafted by fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré, this Paisley Printed Jacket from the 1989-1990 collection features a luxurious paisley print in vibrant colors, contrasted with...
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1990s European Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Brown Zebra Print Satin and Leather Tribe Handle Shoulder Bag
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Crafted from quality materials, your wardrobe is missing out on this beautifully made designer bag. Look your fashionable best in any outfit with this stylish bag that promises to el...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Multicolor Nylon and Patent Leather Frame Satchel
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
If you are looking for something that reflects chic and luxury, then this satchel is a perfect choice. Crafted from premium materials, it can be conveniently carried around and its i...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Beige/Black Watersnake and Leather Charm Satchel
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This satchel is built to hold your essentials in the most fashionable way! Easy to style, well-made using best materials, and coming from the top brand, the satchel will add immense ...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Purple Satin Charm Frame Clutch
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This clutch is just the right accessory to compliment your chic ensemble. It comes crafted in quality material featuring a well-sized interior that can comfortably hold all your litt...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Brown Jacquard Fabric and Leather Flap Satchel
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Crafted from quality materials, your wardrobe is missing out on this beautifully made designer bag. Look your fashionable best in any outfit with this stylish bag that promises to el...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Black Canvas Zip Around Clutch
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Functional and fashionable, this clutch is a classy styling choice. It is crafted from quality materials, and its lined interior will keep your evening essentials in a neat way.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Brown Leather Bifold Wallet
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This authentic Gianfranco Ferre wallet for men has a look of luxury. It is crafted from leather as a bifold and equipped with compartments and multiple slots to neatly house your car...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Black Nylon Zip Around Pouch
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Keep your essentials effortlessly in this sturdy pouch. It features an elegant design and a roomy interior. This accessory will come in handy while traveling.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Beige Watersnake Leather Zip Around Oversized Wallet
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This wallet is a great everyday accessory. It is made from quality materials on the exterior and features a compartmentalized interior.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Silver Leather Oversized Pouch
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Easy to hold and perfect for housing your phone, keys, and cardholder, this pouch is a must-have. It is made of silver leather and elevated with the brand name on the front.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Vintage Black Cotton Button Detail Tie-Fastening Shirt XL
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Finely tailored from quality material, this shirt will make you look smart and classy. It will lend you a desirable fit and is enriched with luxurious elements.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Off White Cotton Tassel Detail Button Front Shirt XL
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Finely tailored from quality material, this shirt will make you look smart and classy. It will lend you a desirable fit and is enriched with luxurious elements.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Black Cotton Bow Detail Button Front Blouse M
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Complement your elegance with a lovely blouse like this one. With its pretty design and qualitative fabric, this blouse is the best pick to look sophisticated and poised.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Vintage Black Linen Wide Leg Trousers L
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Enhance your formal attire with this pair of trousers. Designed into a superb silhouette and fit, this pair of trousers will definitely make you look elegant.
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

1990S Gianfranco Ferre Green Pink Silk & Lurex Jacket
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in New York, NY
1990S Gianfranco Ferre Green Pink Silk & Lurex Jacket
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1990s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre Black Leather Short-Sleeve Jacket
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Gianfranco Ferre - (Made in Italy) Black leather short-sleeve jacket ornamented with golden metal fruits. Size label missing, it fits a 38FR. Additional information: Condition: Very...
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1990s Italian Gianfranco Ferré

GF Ferre Black Panther Print Jersey Scoop Neck Top S
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This top from GF Ferre is so well-made, you'll instantly fall in love with it. The top is made from quality fabrics and it flaunts a scoop neckline, short striped sleeves, and prints...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

Gianfranco Ferre White/Pink Floral Print Canvas and Leather Pocket Shoulder Bag
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This bag is crafted from floral-printed canvas and leather in a functional style. Designed to perfection, the interior of this is lined with fabric and the bag carries two front flap...
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2010s Gianfranco Ferré

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Find an extraordinary range of authentic Gianfranco Ferré fashion available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of purple, red, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Missoni, Giorgio Armani, and Moschino Cheap and Chic appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Gianfranco Ferré fashion from top boutiques around the world. Gianfranco Ferré fashion prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $33 and tops out at $39,500, while the average work can sell for $499.

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