Gianfranco Ferré was an Italian designer who earned the nickname "the Architect of Fashion," both for his designs and for his background as an Architect.
The connection between architecture and fashion design expressed itself in Ferré's designs via their rigid structures and clean lines. He is most famous for his crisp white shirts, simple but elegantly embellished with layered cuffs or ruffles.
Ferré furthered the connection between architecture and fashion by joining the Domus Academy, a Milan-based post-graduate school for design, as a founding professor of its Department of Fashion Design.
The company's first fragrance, Gianfranco Ferre for Women, was issued in 1984. Many of the fragrances feature Gianfranco, Ferré or Gianfranco Ferré as part of the name.