Ferdinando (1912-1982). Italian fashion creator. He left an important job in the Vatican for a brief appearance in the world of cinema (in 1950, he was one of the three main actors — with Lucia Bosé and Massimo Girotti — in Antonioni’s Cronaca di un amore) and then concentrated on fashion at the insistent request of Elizabeth Arden, who by chance, having met him at a reception, heard him talking about clothes, accessories, and make-up. He began in New York. His name is associated with “the most beautiful evening dresses in the world,” as Diana Vreeland wrote. He won the Neiman Marcus prize.