The daughter of a tailor, Alberta Ferretti launched her Italian boutique in 1968, at the age of 18. Shortly after, she began her eponymous line, a romantic collection of cocktail-ready elegance. A master of clever draping, twisting and tucking, her feminine designs have become the A-lister's go-to for red carpet dressing. Realising the need for an antidote to the power suits and shoulder pads of the time, she launched her youthful diffusion line, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, in 1984. The house signature style is reworked in new proportions for the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti clothing collection; sweeping floor-length gowns are reimagined as chiffon minis and beaded shift dresses, while charming separates are adorned with sequins.