Tonight, at the eve of Milan’s Expo 2015, Giorgio Armani, special fashion ambassador for the Expo (see our previous coverage here), is celebrating his 40th career year with the opening of his new Armani/Silos exhibition space together with an exclusive fashion show.

The Armani/Silos, located at Via Bergognone 40, wants to be a living, open-to-the-public space, illustrating the designer’s professional experience, revealing his heritage of unique know-how and showcasing design of the future. 
It was built on the grounds of a former granary of a major international company. “I decided to call it ‘silos’ because this building used to store food, which is, of course, essential for life. For me, just as much as food, clothes are also a part of life,” explained Giorgio Armani. 
Following the renovation, the building, constructed in 1950, measures around 4,500 sq. meters on four levels. The designer conceived and oversaw the renovation project himself. 

The space includes the exhibition areas, a gift shop and an open-plan indoor coffee shop; it also houses a digital archive of sketches, technical drawings and material of the pret-à-porter Giorgio Armani and Couture Giorgio Armani Privée brands. Located on the top floor, the archive is open for free consultation and features a catalogue system developed specifically for Armani/Silos. 

The opening exhibition, covering all four floors of the building, showcases 40 years of the designer’s career, including 600 outfits and 200 accessories from Giorgio Armani’s collections from 1980 to the present. 

Armani/Silos will be open to the public six days a week from 1st May until 30st November - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 11am to 8pm; Thursday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm. 
The website has already launched and offers information, a booking service and a preview  of some of the content in the digital archive.