The glamorous life and work of Valentino Garavani
Think Valentino: think luxury. Think elegance. Think red carpet. Fashion apos
s most beloved upholder of refined decadence and the most exciting couturier in business is known around the globe simply by his first name. Only a few years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino was already at the height of success, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees. Over forty years later, not much has changed-he apos
s still dressing the top celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow to J. Lo, though now his business is a major economic force in Italy and his fashion house is among the most famous in the world. Valentino has always designed clothes for glamorous and sophisticated women, never wavering from his signature style even when grunge, deconstruction, and other passing fads were all the rage. Though his couture division almost never makes a profit (his ready-to-wear lines are what fuel the business), his heart is most solidly devoted to the magnificent haute couture gowns that earned him his reputation as fashion apos
s most talented dressmaker.
This luxurious limited-edition publication renders homage to Valentino apos
s illustrious career via a copious selection of images from his archives, including drawings, magazine shoots, advertisements, portraits of Valentino, and documentary photographs
presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years.
About the editor:
Armando Chitolina worked as a design consultant and art director at Vogue Italia and L apos
Uomo Vogue, and image consultant for fashion houses Moschino and Mila Schon. His TASCHEN titles include William Claxton apos
s Jazz Seen, Gian Paolo Barbieri apos
s Equator, The Book of Tiki, Naked as a Jaybird and Valentino: A Grand Italian Epic
About the authors:
Undisputed doyenne of the international fashion press, Suzy Menkes is head fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. Among the world apos
s most influential fashion critics, she is an officer of the Order of the British Empire as well as a chevalier of the Legion d apos
Honneur. She lives and works in Paris.
Matt Tyrnauer is Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, where he has written and edited numerous features over the years. Among them are stories on Martha Stewart, Siegfried Roy, Frank Gehry, Merv Griffin, and Valentino. He is a native of Los Angeles and lives in New York City.
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