As the designer prepares to receive an award for his outstanding achievements at the Fashion Awards 2023 at the beginning of December, Valentino Garavani’s career seems to have not finished galvanising fashion enthusiasts. Focus on a designer of genius who, over the years, has established his brand as an iconic luxury house.
He is surely one of the best-known designers in Italy, and the world in general. Born in 1932 in Voghera in the north-west of the country, Valentino Garavani moved to Paris at the age of 17, where he studied at the École de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne for a few months. The budding artist joined Jean Dessès, a highly renowned fashion house at the time, before assisting the couturier Guy Laroche.
A rapid rise through the fashion world
Armed with this experience, at the very end of the 1950s, at the age of 26, he founded the House of Valentino, run by Giancarlo Giammetti. The iconic Valentino red was revealed in the very first line, before the designer enjoyed resounding success with his White Collection in 1968.
As well as being endorsed by many celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy asked him to design her dress for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis.
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Front page photo: Poster for the documentary Valentino Garavani The Last Emperor © Acolyte Films