Fashion Biography

Garavani Valentino, Fashion Designer


The name Vanetino is synonymous with the color red. VALENTINO having completed his fashion studies and an apprenticeship with Jean Desses and Guy Laroche, Valentino starts up his first studio in Rome. In 1960 he begins his collaboration with Giancarlo Giammetti, who manages the commercial development of the House of Valentino.

His first collection at the international fashion Gotha in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, is a triumphant success.

Valentino is recognized as the top name in Italian Haute Couture

He is awarded the Neiman Marcus Prize in Dallas (the equivalent of an Oscar in the world of Fashion)

Valentino"s reputation is secured with the enormous success of his Collezione Bianca, the first clothes and accessories to have the magic V label

Designs the wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy for her marriage to Aristote Onassis

Begins his Boutique line of clothes and opens the first Valentino shop in Milan

Launch of his first Ready to Wear collections

Opening of Valentino boutiques in Rome and New York

Opening of the first menswear shop in Via Condotti

First fashion show of his Ready to Wear collection in Paris

Opens a boutique in Tokyo


Launch of the Valentino perfume at a gala evening in Paris, at the TheČtre des Champs Elysees


Publication of the book Valentino, edited by Franco Maria Ricci

20 September, Valentino presents his Autumn/Winter collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York

Valentino celebrates his twenty fifth year in the business and receives an official award from the Minister for Industry

He is awarded the Grand"Ufficiale dell"Ordine al Merito by the President of Italy

Receives the highest decoration possible in Italy, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, from the President

First show of the Haute Couture collection in Paris

In February, Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti found L.I.F.E (initials in Italian for Fighting, Informing, Building, Teaching), an association working for the fight against Aids

The Accademia Valentino is officially opened to the public with an exhibition of painters of the Roman School

Exhibition of The Art of Cartier at the Accademia Valentino

Publication of the book Valentino: Trent"Anni de Magia, by Leonardo

To celebrate his thirtieth year in the fashion business, an exhibition entitled Valentino: Thirsty Years of Magic is organized in Valentino"s honour by the Mayor of Rome at the Capitole Museum, while the Accademia Valentino presents a retrospective of his designs

Creation of the perfume Vendetta for men and women

Exhibition at the Accademia Valentino entitled: La seduzione da Boucher a Warhol

The Valentino: Thirty Years of Magic" exhibition is invited to go to New York to coincide with the fifth centenary celebrations of the discovery of America.

Valentino is invited by the Chinese government to stage a show in Beijing

In January, Valentino presents his first ever costume designs at the Eisenhower Theatre in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Center, Washington, for an opera entitled The Dream of Valentino, based on the life of the movie star Rudolf Valentino

Valentino"s return to Italy is celebrated on 14 January in Florence with a fashion show at the Stazione Leopolda, over thirty years his first show at the Palazzo Pitti. The Mayor of Florence awards him the Premio speciale dell"arte nella moda

Valentino is named Cavaliere del Lavoro

The House of Valentino is bought by H.d.P group (Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali), present on the Stock market.

Their goal is to create the first italian luxury group

Activities and Brands
Haute Couture
Women"s ready to wear
Men"s ready to wear

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