Episode: Every Detail is The Universe - Michael Chow’s Design for Giorgio Armani

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Every Detail is The Universe - Michael Chow’s Design for Giorgio Armani

When Giorgio Armani opened his flagship mega boutique on Rodeo Drive in 1988 people were stunned at the 13,000 square feet interior with a sweeping staircase, white gold leaf and glorious light.

It was created by Michael Chow, legendary restaurateur and artist. It inspired Armani’s famed uplit runway, became a Hollywood hot spot, and set the trend for retailers to team up with famous architects: think Prada and Rem Koolhaas; Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Peter Marino; Valentino Menswear, Bally and David Chipperfield.

Chow’s design for Giorgio Armani Beverly Hills has remained intact. “It’s very simple to be timeless,” says Chow. “You just have to be true to yourself.”

But is the age of the vast boutique over? Hear Bronwyn Cosgrave in conversation with Michael Chow, Interior Design magazine editor Edie Cohen and writer and former editor-in-chief of French Vogue Joan Juliet Buck.

Podcast Credits

Host, Bronwyn Cosgrave.

Editors, Frances Anderton and Avishay Artsy.

Theme music by Brian Banks.

Production Coordinators Livia Mandoul, Mirabelle Alan, and Guthrie McCarty-Vachon.

Executive Producer, Lyn Winter.

Rodeo Drive - The Podcast is presented by the Rodeo Drive Committee with the support of the City of Beverly Hills.

Rodeo Drive Committee

Founded in 1972, Rodeo Drive, Inc., also known as The Rodeo Drive Committee is a 501 C (6) non-profit organization, that provides a forum where its members—consisting of retailers, hoteliers, and landowners—can engage, share a dialogue, and help shape the present and future of the iconic, world-famous shopping destination. 

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