Mariano Fortuny is born into a renowned family of artists in Granada, Spain.
Mariano Fortuny’s father, Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, passes away in Rome. His mother moves the family to Paris.
Fortuny’s mother, Doña Cecilia, moves the family to Venice.
Fortuny meets Henriette Negrin, a Parisian who later becomes his model and muse.
Fortuny begins his work in fashion and textiles, creating the Knossos scarf. The scarf is designed for theater and quickly becomes popular. Fortuny continues production until the 1930s
Fortuny creates the Delphos gown.
Fortuny and Henriette marry.
Fortuny moves production out of his home and opens a factory on the grounds of a former convent on the Venetian island of Giudecca.
New York interior designer Elsie McNeill Lee sees Fortuny’s fabrics hanging in the Carnavalet Museum in Paris and falls in love with them. She travels to Venice to meet with the artist and convinces him she should be the exclusive American distributor of his fabrics.
Fortuny dies. Upon Henriette’s request, Elsie takes over the factory on Giudecca and the company. She later marries Italian Count Alvise Gozzi and comes to be known as “La Contessa.”
The Countess dies and leaves the company to her confidant, Maged Riad. Maged passes the company’s management to his sons Mickey and Maury.