Valentino's story is a true fairy tale in every sense, enticing young and old to dream, more than 50 years after its creation. Its founder, Valentino Garavani, built his empire by designing princess dresses flaunted at the greatest royal weddings. Before his rise to fame, the Italian began his training at the Academy of Arts in Milan and then moved to Paris at the age of 17 to attend classes at the Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Couture. Once he graduated, Jean Dessès hired him for a period of five years before joining Guy Laroche. It is, nevertheless, in his native Italy, that the designer opened the doors of his eponymous house in 1960 with his partner Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino Garavani sought to express feminine beauty in creating clothes for ladies; his first pieces, seen in the film "La Dolce Vita de la Cinecitta", were widely acclaimed and made Valentino a household name. Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Tailor and Jackie Kennedy, whom he dressed for her second wedding, became loyal clients. The V signature and the iconic poppy red were among the brand's codes that shaped the image and notoriety of the Valentino house, reinterpreted over the years. After the acquisition by the Marzotto Group, Valentino Garavani continued with the creative direction until 2007 when he presented his last women's ready-to-wear show in Paris, before retiring. The duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (previously at Fendi), were then appointed Creative directors of the brand, rejuvenating the collections and bringing a fresh modern perspective to the signature heritage.After Maria Grazia Chiuri's departure to Dior in 2016, Pierpolo Piccioli ushered in a new era by introducing references of the streetwear's aesthetic. Studded bags and pumps, bomber leather jackets and bold jewelry were instant hits among the new generation. The embodiment of Italian elegance, glamour and sensitivity to make you cheer up with joy! > View more
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