Valentino Garavani: the greatest name in Italian
For almost half a century Valentino dominated Italian haute
couture, dressing the world's wealthiest and most glamorous women. Only a few
years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino could already
count Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees.
Despite his retirement in 2007 little has changed; his brand continues to thrive
and prosper, and is worn by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez.
Valentino has always designed magnificent gowns, never wavering from his
signature style despite fads like grunge, deconstruction, and minimalism.
This book traces Valentino’s illustrious career through copious
images from his archives, including drawings, magazine editorial shoots,
advertisements, portraits, and documentary photographs. Presented
chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper
and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Combined, they
provide an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius.
Following the limited Collector's and Art Editions, this trade
edition puts Valentino's haute couture glamour within reach at a ready-to-wear