As the most romantic day of the year rolls around once more, we celebrate the master of romantic couture - the one and only Valentino!
The brains behind one of the most glamorous fashion houses,
Valentino Garavani is renowned for his show-stopping feminine and
whimsical creations. Although he retired four years ago, the legacy
of his fashion empire continues to live on.
Born in Voghera, Italy in 1932, Valentino was captivated by
Hollywood glamour from an early age, and as soon as he left school
he moved to Paris to begin couture training at the École des
Beaux-Arts. From there, he got his professional start as an
apprentice working in the salons of Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche,
who were world-famous haute couture designers in the '40s and
Returning to Rome to open his own studio, Valentino's traditional
and elegant aesthetic quickly began to attract the attention of
movie stars, princesses and heiresses. With their opulent fabrics,
rich detailing and impeccable tailoring, his pieces were like works
of art and appealed greatly to the glamorous Hollywood set.
In fact, by the end of his career Valentino has dressed just about every starlet worth her salt - from Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy (who married her second husband Aristotle Onassis in a dress from his 1968 White Collection), to Sophia Loren and Julia Roberts (remember that iconic black and white dress she wore at the 2001 Academy Awards?!).
Thanks to immense talent and close ties with Hollywood's darlings, Valentino built the brand into an international empire with a 50-year heritage. We'll always remember him as the king of couture, and for his signature Valentino Red shade, of course!