Valentino Designer History:
More than four decades Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, best-known to all just as Valentino, continues to be one of the most leading labels in style and fashion, designing several of the world's most stylish evening wear and classic designs.

Valentino was born in Voghera, Italy, in May 1932, while his youthful passions in fashion, painting and architecture, paired with a tremendous talent and skill for drawing, encouraged him to learn fashion design and French at the Accademia dell Arte in Milan. His success drove him to continue studies at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, the place where Valentino excelled. Heading to Paris to learn fashion while still a teenager, Valentino began dance classes at the same time and this is when he created an appreciation of French theatre. During his student years, he was granted a prestigious award for fashion design by the International Wool Secretariat. This prize was later won by Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. This honor brought his discovery by couturier Jean Desses, who employed him and made this the starting point of his design career in 1950.

Valentino served Desses for five years prior to moving to Guy Laroche, who was previously prime illustrator at Desses, where between different duties he also served Princess Irene Galitzine. Until the 1960, he was in a position to establish himself as a designer in his own right and started his first range and salon on the Via Condotti in Rome. He met instant success, impressing especially Elizabeth Taylor, who was filming in Italy during the time and had stayed a fan ever since.

Valentino's aspiration to design clothes which would commemorate the female shape and highlight her sensuality as he once stated: "I don't think any man in the world wants to go out with a woman dressed like a boy." The launch of Fedrico Fellini's film La Dolce Vita in 1960, in the year Valentino started his first store, accelerated his success as women all over wanted to copy the film's trend and its super star Anita Ekberg.

Growing into one of the pioneer couturiers of the 1960’s, even though his manufacturing unit was in Rome, not Paris, Valentino's exceptional styles were greatly esteemed. He received distinct compliments for his full-length skirts that flew in the face of the new wave of minis, his signature 'Valentino red' and his love for the very plain contrast of black and white. Success created a boutique in Paris and the introduction of the today’s legendary 'V' label. In 1967, he received the highly praised Neiman Marcus Prize and, in 1970, he presented his first ready-to-wear collection, with stores opening soon after in Rome and New York.

Awards and honors carried on appearing one after another for Valentino such as, in 1986, with the highest honor possible in Italy, the Calvaliere di Gran Croce, announced by the President Cossiga.

In 1991, to commemorate three decades in design, Valentino held a three-day party, revealed to have reached the expense of $5-millionUSD. Between the 1,600 friends and guests who savored the luxurious ending dinner at the Villa Medici had been Nancy Kissinger, Gina Lollobrigida and guest of honor Elizabeth Taylor. A nostalgic event, ‘Thirty Years of Magic’, was equally placed in Valentino's honor, together with several previously never publicized drawings. It was a suitable occasion for a man whose career has witnessed him create many Oscar dresses and even several of the planet's most extravagant wedding gowns, for Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Lopez.

Valentino is a red carpet standard, he has outfitted a number of the world's most gorgeous people, such as Princess Margaret, Julia Roberts, and Claudia Schiffer. His success has also granted him with a lifestyle matching that of possibly his most wealthy clients. Impeccably stylish, Valentino has become known for his beautifully coiffed hair, always bronzed skin and a clothing collection of Ralph Lauren, Savile Row and, needless to say, his own brand. Actually, he is the best representation of his own brand. With houses in Knightsbridge, New York, Capri, as well as a villa on the suburbs of Rome, a chalet in Gstaad, a 43-metre yacht and a six-storey Roman Palazzo for a business office, Valentino's group of friends is the shining cognoscenti he outfits.

The year 1998 was a landmark for the brand, Valentino and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti decided to sell their fashion empire for GBP£211-million.

The Valentino Fashion Group S.p.A has an important part in the universe of fashion and luxury, having a wealthy and perfectly varied collection of products, which involves apparel, accessories, and footwear for men and women.

Valentino Fragrance History:
Valentino's Rock N' Rose is influenced by a new generation of young women. The aroma is developed as a wonderful harmony among edgy modernity and Valentino's style and history. Valentino V Absolu is a more powerful version of feminine, sensual Valentino, with fresh, citrus opening notes of grapefruit, mandarin, fig, and freesia, and sensual middle notes of orange blossom, frangipani, rose petals, and heliotrope. The men's cologne, V Pour, is a classy aroma for the charming, masculine man. Alluring and glamorous, this classic scent blends strong feelings, leveling warm and fresh notes in a fashionable approach. The latest inspiration of the house is the Valentina fragrance series with the original Valentina released in 2011 and the following Valentina Assoluto 2012 and Valentina Acqua Floreale 2013.

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