Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, born 11 May 1932, is an Italian fashion designer known as the maestro of Italian Couture and the Last Couturier. Valentino moved to Paris at 17 and after working with Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche, he returned home in 1960 to set up his own atelier in Rome. There he partnered with Giancarlo Giammetti, who took on the financial side of the business, and together run one of the most successful and long lasting firms in fashion. Valentino is known for his quality, meticulous details and mostly for his red dresses, in the bright shade that became known in the fashion industry as "Valentino red".
After 45 years in fashion and love of beauty as he said, he retired in 2007. Alessandra Facchinetti was named Valentino's successor but after two seasons she was replaced by the house's longtime accessory designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. You may visit Valentino's website at http://www.valentino.com/ Taschen collector's book "Una grande storia italiana: Valentino Garavani" compilates his collections and drawings from the 1950s and 1960s. Copies signed by him sold at 5000 dollars each.
Valentino's 45 years in fashion exhibition showcased a retrospective of his work. Took place in Rome at the Ara Pacis, museum designed by architect Richard Meier. Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJMHR0NAdmM&feature=fvw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmWoMJkYkRM&feature=player_embedded
The Aras Pacis Museum houses a monument built in 9 B.C. to celebrate the Romans' accomplishments in Gaul and Spain. The pavilion protecting the Ara Pacis is made up of 500 square metres of special glass to protect the monument from atmospheric agents and pollution. Visit the Aras Pacis and watch its transformation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX9kAgY_fR0&feature=related and a 360° model animation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r52HC_yJK-8&feature=related
Read this New York Times critic about the design of the museum http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/25/arts/design/25paci.html
You may also visit the museum website for upcoming exhibitions at http://www.arapacis.it/
Watch the movie trailer of "Valentino, The Last Emperor" now in DVD.
The latest Valentino's runway collection Spring 2010 designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, watch it at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/video/S2010RTW-VALENTIN You may also browse through the entire collection at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2010RTW-VALENTIN