Emilio Pucci embodied in his lines of clothing the jet-set fashion and lifestyle glamor of post-war Italy. Multilingual (he was fluent in five languages), well-travelled, American-educated, an air force pilot, Olympic skier, politician, and aristocrat—he was a Renaissance man in every sense of the word. He was a man of elegant bearing whose artistic talent was self-taught and earned for him the nickname “divino marchese” (the divine marquis) because of his heavenly creations. He spent some of his formative years in the United States during the 1930s, attending the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he received his MA in social science in 1937.
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