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Roberto Cavalli

Italian, b. 1940

Whether they’re adorned with understated floral patterns or colorful prints that draw on the wonders of the animal kingdom, vintage Roberto Cavalli dresses and evening gowns, shirts and skirts are unapologetically exuberant. All of the seductive garments crafted at the luxury fashion house have long been associated with extravagance and red-carpet sophistication, and their stories begin in Central Italy.

Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Tuscany, in 1940 into an already artistically rich family — his mother was a tailor and his grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, was a member of an Italian art movement called Macchiaioli that shared common ground with Impressionist painters. Cavalli was creative at the onset and focused on textiles at the Florence Academy of Art. He garnered some high-profile attention with bold prints on knitwear.

After he patented an experimental and revolutionary process that saw him printing on lightweight leather, Cavalli secured commissions from major fashion houses such as Hermès and Pierre Cardin. He explored integrating handmade ornamentation in his designs and found limitless inspiration in the majestic creatures of the jungle.

In the early 1970s Cavalli unveiled his first namesake collection in Paris and the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. He then opened his inaugural boutique in France’s Saint-Tropez in 1972. While the designer’s printed denim offerings were deemed unsophisticated by the day’s couturiers — they looked down upon the material — Cavalli’s form-fitting, sensual cuts, innovative patchwork and obvious dedication to impeccable craftsmanship found admirers in the likes of Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot.

In 1980 Cavalli married former beauty pageant contestant Eva Düringer, who became his trusted business partner. Now a signature of the label, the pair introduced their first sand-blasted jeans in 1994 and later opened boutiques in Venice and elsewhere.

Cavalli’s designs sold all over the world, and the brand’s success helped pave the way for the introduction of a line that targeted younger consumers and RC Menswear to complement the array of day dresses, shoes, lingerie and coats and outerwear that were offered in his popular boutiques. In 2005 Cavalli was asked to help reinvigorate Playboy’s iconic bunny costumes and, in 2006, model Kate Moss starred in his spring/summer ad campaign. A year later, Cavalli created an exclusive collection for H&M and designed costuming for Jennifer Lopez concerts as well as the Spice Girls.

Sicilian designer Fausto Puglisi was appointed creative consultant in 2020 at the Roberto Cavalli brand, which is now owned by Vision Investments.

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$1,247
Roberto Cavalli c. 2009 Plunging Neckline Cutout Silk Black Evening Dress Gown
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Roberto Cavalli c. 2009 Plunging Neckline Cutout Silk Black Evening Dress Gown IT 38
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Early 2000s Roberto Cavalli

Vintage Roberto Cavalli signed reptile print and attached brooch long dress
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage Roberto Cavalli early 2000s pink, salmon, brown, and cream phyton print slinky rayon/elastane viscose long dress. Attached phyton brooch Italian size 40 EXcellent condition
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1990s Italian Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli S/S 2004 Bustier Corset Floral Abstract Print Crop Top
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Roberto Cavalli S/S 2004 Bustier Corset Floral Abstract Print Crop Top Size XL
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Early 2000s Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli Vintage Ombre Sequin Scuba Mini Dress
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Roberto Cavalli Vintage Ombre Sequin Scuba Mini Dress Simply sensational Size 40, runs small Bust 36" Waist 28" Hips 34" Length 35" Excellent Condition
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1990s Italian Roberto Cavalli

ROBERTO CAVALLI Size M Red, Black & white Graphic Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in San Francisco, CA
ROBERTO CAVALLI short sleeve t-shirt comes in coral red cotton, black, white and grey snakes logo graphic art at center front and a round collar. New with Tag. Marked: M Measuremen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Unknown Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli 2000s Sz 24 Rhinestone Skulls Stonewash Bootcut Blue Jeans Denim
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in San Diego, CA
Awesome early 2000s ROBERTO CAVALLI light stonewashed distressed rhinestone skulls low rise boot cut jeans! Features distressed denim, wih two rhinestone encrusted skulls under the f...
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Early 2000s Italian Roberto Cavalli

Printed cotton blouson Class by Roberto Cavalli
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Printed cotton blouson
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Early 2000s Italian Roberto Cavalli

ROBERTO CAVALLI Size 6 Indigo & Brown Zebra Hem Cotton / Polyurethane Shorts
By Roberto Cavalli
Located in San Francisco, CA
ROBERTO CAVALLI shorts comes in a indigo cotton / polyurethane featuring a capri style, zebra hem, contrast stitching, and a zip fly closure. Made in Italy. Very Good Pre-Owned Cond...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Roberto Cavalli

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1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Roberto Cavalli fashion. 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 blue, red, purple and other tones. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Tom Ford, Givenchy and Missoni appealing. Find designer, vintage and haute couture Roberto Cavalli fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. Roberto Cavalli fashion prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$75 and tops out at US$48,000, while the average work can sell for US$688.
Questions About Roberto Cavalli
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Roberto Cavalli does not offer a repair service. However, they will evaluate the possibility of repair or replacement for items purchased from the brand’s website within 24 months of purchase. For repairs outside of the first 24 months, refer to your local eyeglass wear store. Shop a large collection of authentic Roberto Cavalli from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Yes, Roberto Cavalli is a fashion designer known for animal prints and bold glamour, and manufactures haute couture, ready-to-wear lines and accessories. Roberto Cavalli goods are considered high-end Italian luxury designer goods. Shop a wide range of authentic Roberto Cavalli pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Roberto Cavalli was born in Florence, Tuscany. He studied and worked in Paris, France, before presenting his first namesake collection in Paris. Shop a large collection of authentic Roberto Cavalli garments from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Roberto Cavalli is pronounced “ro-BUR-o ka-VA-lee.” Roberto Cavalli is an Italian luxury fashion house founded by designer Roberto Cavalli and is known for animal prints and bold glamour. Shop a wide range of Roberto Cavalli pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A new Roberto Cavalli handbag is available from Roberto Cavalli directly as well as through multiple retailers. For physical store locations, consult the brand’s website. Past season handbag styles are available through multiple platforms, including 1stDibs. It’s important to purchase Roberto Cavalli handbags from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. While Robert Cavalli has at times inspired knockoffs, 1stDibs partners with only top-vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Roberto Cavalli sunglasses are typically made in Italy. Luxury eyewear manufacturer Marcolin produces eyewear for the fashion house. You can check the inner right temple of the sunglasses to find out the manufacturing location. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Roberto Cavalli sunglasses.
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    While Roberto Cavalli is designed in Italy, the majority of Roberto Cavalli sunglasses are made in China with some of the styles crafted in Italy. Shop a collection of Roberto Cavalli sunglasses from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Roberto Cavalli sunglasses can be purchased through various authorized retailers, including 1stDibs. Always purchase Roberto Cavalli sunglasses from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. While Robert Cavalli has at times inspired knockoffs, 1stDibs partners with only top-vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Roberto Cavalli shoe sizing depends on the style and fabrication. Please refer to the measurements and description on the brand’s website for additional fit notes. Shop a range of Roberto Cavalli shoes from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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