Chic HistoryGucci Through the Years10.02.11Chic HistoryGucci Through the YearsThe Gucci Museo, a museum celebrating the brand’s 90-year history, opens in Florence on Tuesday. From the birth of Jackie O’s namesake bag to Tom Ford’s first collection, see a timeline of the brand.10.02.11 5:15 AM ETThe Gucci Museo, a museum celebrating the brand’s 90-year history, opens in Florence on Tuesday. From the birth of Jackie O’s namesake bag to Tom Ford’s first collection to Madonna’s famous red-carpet moment, see a timeline of the brand. Courtesy of Gucci1881Guccio Gucci is born in Florence in 1881. By 1912, he and his wife, Aida, had three sons: Aldo, Vasco, and Rodolfo, all pictured later together here. They inherited the brand. Courtesy of Gucci1921Guccio opens his first stores in Florence, on Via Vigna Nuova and then Via del Parione. At right, a Gucci ad from April 8, 1922. Courtesy of Gucci1935 to 1936As a result of a League of Nations embargo against Italy in the 1930s, Gucci finds alternatives to imported leather and other materials. It develops a specially woven canapa—or hemp—from Naples, marked with its first signature print, a series of small, interconnecting diamonds in dark brown on a tan background. The company’s first suitcases are made from it. Courtesy of Gucci1938The Rome store opens on Via Condotti. At left, Aldo Gucci shows in the new storefront. Courtesy of Gucci1947–48Production of leather goods resumes after World War II. Aldo Gucci introduces the pigskin, which becomes a signature house material following the war. The first bamboo-handled bag, inspired by the shape of a saddle, is thought to have been produced in this period. Courtesy of Gucci1951Rodolfo Gucci opens the first Milan store on Via Montenapoleone. Around this time, the green-red-green web becomes a hallmark of the company. (Rodolfo is pictured at left in the store in the 1970s.) Bert Hardy, Picture Post / Getty Images; Courtesy of Gucci1953Ingrid Bergman is seen carrying a Gucci bag around Naples. Rue des Archives; Courtesy of Gucci1958Elizabeth Taylor carries a Gucci bamboo handle handbag on the set of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman in 1958. Ron Galella; Courtesy of Gucci1961The bag Jacqueline Kennedy is seen with is renamed “The Jackie” in 1961. (Here she is photographed with the bag in the 1970s.) Courtesy of Gucci1961Around this time, the GG logo is applied to canvas and used for bags, small leather goods, luggage, and the first pieces of clothing, including the Jackie bag (at right). Courtesy of Gucci1966The Flora scarf print is designed for Princess Grace of Monaco. Agomeri; Courtesy of Gucci1960sAudrey Hepburn shops in Gucci’s Rome store. Farabolafoto; Courtesy of Gucci1971Sammy Davis Jr. and his wife carry Gucci suitcases through a London airport. Publifoto / Olycom; Courtesy of Gucci1972Liza Minnelli takes a spin on a shopping cart pushed by Joel Grey. Farabolafoto; Courtesy of Gucci1976Rod Stewart strides through a London airport carrying a Gucci bag. Archivio Publifoto / Olycom; Courtesy of Gucci1977Jodie Foster wears the iconic Gucci horse-bit loafers while skateboarding. Courtesy of Gucci1985The iconic loafer is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and becomes part of the permanent collection. Exclusive Pix; Courtesy of Gucci1991Princess Diana carries the Gucci bamboo-handle bag in Rome. Courtesy of Gucci1994Tom Ford, who began overseeing women’s ready-to-wear in 1990, is appointed creative director in 1994. His first collection, for fall 1995, focuses on jet-set glamour and is a critical and commercial success.