The story of Valentino
After studying in Paris, the young Valentino Garavani returns to Rome and founds his company.
Valentino celebrates his international breakthrough with a show at the Pitti Palace in Florence. Since then he has been one of the favorite designers in royal houses as well as stars and starlets. His clients include Begum Aga Khan, Belgian Queen Paola, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.
Valentino is awarded the prestigious Neiman Marcus Award for his "no-color collection". In this collection the ubiquitous "V" as Valentino's trait becomes clear for the first time.
Stylicone and close friend of the designer Jackie Kennedy is wearing a dress by Valentino Garavani to her wedding with Aristotle Onassis.
In 1989 Valentino Garavani opened the Academie Valentino in Rome, a cultural center for art exhibitions and workshops.
Valentino sells his empire for an estimated $ 300 million to the Italian company HdP, which in 2002 again sells it to Marzotto Apparel. Although the company is no longer in its possession, Valentino Garavani as a designer is actively involved in the company processes throughout the entire time and determines the development of the fashion world.
Valentino Garavani has a small guest role in "The Devil Wears Prada" in 2006, where he plays alongside Meryl Streep, the famous notorious boss of the American Vogue, Anna Wintour. In the same year, Valentino Garavani is awarded the prestigious 6th Legion D'Honneur at the Culture Ministry in the Palais Royal in Paris.
Valentino Garavani officially announces that his latest Haute Couture show will take place in January of the following year.
Valentino presents his latest haute couture show at the Rodin Museum in Paris, supported by legendary models such as Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer, who have worked with Valentino during their entire career.
The documentary "Valentino: The Last Emperor" is shown at the FilmFestival in Venice. The producer of the documentary is journalist Matt Tyrnauer, who for a time privately and personally accompanied Valentino Garavani in order to be able to portray an authentic image of the designer.
In October 2012, Garavani received the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres medal in recognition of his work in the fashion industry. In the same year, the exhibition "Valentino: Master of Couture" will be opened at Somerset House.
Although Valentino Garavani has officially withdrawn from his role as a designer at Valentino, he takes special assignments, such as the wedding dress by actress Anne Hathaway, with whom he is also privately intimate. In 2013, he even designed the wedding dress for Princess Madeleine of Sweden.