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Gai Mattiolo is an Italian fashion designer who was introduced to the world of fashion at the age of 19, when his father provided him the finances to open a boutique in Rome. Gai Mattiolo had no formal training as a fashion designer, but he distinguished himself with his attention to fine detail, particularly in the buttons of his garments, which are crafted from fine materials and often take the form of small sculptures. His designs showcase the synthesis between high fashion and the handicraft industry through the signature elements of his style, including colorful, carefully tailored, and unusual luxury materials such as platinum threads, precious stone adornments and thousands of tiny gold balls. Gai Mattiolo has dressed celebrities from Cher to Diana Ross to Pink.