Having studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré opened his own label in 1974 and became known for bringing this architectural eye to fabric, and later fragrance. Having introduced menswear to his own line in 1982 and couture in 1986, in 1989 Ferré joined the house of Christian Dior replacing Marc Bohan as creative director. Over a period of seven years Ferré introduced his own style of rich and sumptuous fabrics built on the body to the codes of the house.

Returning back to his own house where he continued to oversee an empire that had now incorporated childrenswear, diffusion range GF Ferré and an expanding and successful range of fragrances, Gianfranco Ferré passed away in 2007 with Lars Nilsson initially taking creative control of the house and later design duo Tommaso Aquiliano and Roberto Rimondi who left the label in 2011 following the purchase of the house by Paris Group.