Valentino Garavani

Valentino in a scene from the film

Valentino in a scene from the film “The Last Emperor”

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born in Vogehera, Lombary, Italy in May 1932.  He began working in the fashion industry at a young age as an apprentice for local designers.  He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris as well as the training he received at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.  Garavani apprenticed in the salons of Jean Desses and Guy Laroche.

He left Paris in 1959 and opened a fashion house in Rome, gaining recognition for his red dresses – in a shade that became known as “Valentino red.”

Valentino met Giancarlo Giammetti, his partner of more then fifty years.  Valentino’s debut took place in 1962 at the Pitti Palace in Florence.  He quickly became a power player of Italian couture with a long list of famous clients.  He designed Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis in 1968.

In 1998, Valentino and Giametti sold their company for approximately $300 million to the Italian conglomerate HdP which subsequently sold the company to Marzotto Apparel in 2002.  In 2007, he announced his retirement. Pierpaolo Picciolioni and Maria Grazia Chiuri are the new designers at Valentino’s fashion house.

Quote from the 2008 documentary film The Last Emperor:

“I love beauty. I love beautiful women. It’s not my fault.”

4 thoughts on “Valentino Garavani

  1. I do not drop a comment, however I browsed some comments on this
    page Valentino Garavani | Angela Cohan. I actually do have a couple of questions for you if you do
    not mind. Could it be simply me or do a few of the remarks come across
    like they are left by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are posting on other online social sites,
    I would like to follow everything new you have to post.
    Could you make a list of the complete urls of your social sites like
    your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    • Thank you for your comments. For those who have asked to receive updates, simply press the Follow button in the corner and you will receive the blog posts automatically.

Leave a Reply