Laura Biagiotti is an Italian fashion designer affectionately known as the "Queen of Cashmere." Born in 1943 to a mother who owned a dressmaking shop and designed the uniforms for airline Alitalia, fashion appears to run in the Biagiotti bloodline. Laura studied archaeology at Rome University but soon joined the family business. She left in 1965 to begin her own clothing company with partner Gianni Cigna, who would become her future husband. The company produced and exported clothing for a number of Italian fashion houses, before securing a deal to produce their own ready-to-wear for fashion house Angelo Tarlazzi. Laura Biagiotti's aspirations soon included designing her own line, which was fully realized in 1972 with her first women's line.