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Valentino

With a storied history of glamorous eveningwear, the Italian label has grown after its founder's departure with a fresh aesthetic.

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Valentino was founded in 1965 when Valentino Garavani opened a sumptuous fashion house on Via Condotti in Rome, Italy with the backing of his father and his father's associate.

Valentino's international debut took place in 1962 in Florence, the Italian fashion capital of the time. After the breakthrough show, Garavani started to dress the ladies of the international best-dressed crowd such as his acquaintance from the Paris years Countess Jacqueline de Ribes and New York socialites Babe Paley and Jayne Wrightsman. Then Begum Aga Khan, Farah Diba, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Marella Agnelli and Princess Margaret were already customers as well as personal friends.

The entrepreneurial skill of Giancarlo Giammetti, Garavani's business partner and longtime boyfriend, proved fundamental to the worldwide expansion and success of Valentino.

Throughout the 1970s Garavani spent considerable time in New York City where his presence was embraced by social personalities such as Vogue's editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and art identities such as Andy Warhol.

Alessandra Facchinetti was Valentino's creative designer from 2007 to 2008. Since October 2008, the creative directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

Source: Wikipedia

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