I recently watched Valentino, The Last Emperor – a documentary that chronicled “the dazzling and dramatic closing act of the last true couturier’s celebrated career” and touched upon the history of this great designer of haute couture. Of course, I had always heard of Valentino, but honestly, I don’t think that I ever really knew any of his pieces. His style was elegant – it was unique – and it was beautiful. His use of fabrics, and the way he created those one of a kind touches on each of his creations, definitely put him at the top of the fashion design world. His creations were very dressy and very formal, but also very wearable. When someone needed an elegant outfit (without regard to price), Valentino could deliver!
The fashion house still exists, but it is corporately owned (and actually has been for a very long time, even when Valentino was still designing). Among his most notable clients was Liz Taylor and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. This is the incredible wedding gown designed for Jackie!
The movie touches on the relationship between Valentino and his business and lifetime partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. The two have been involved romantically and in business for over 50 years, and it was the combination of the two together that created the great Valentino name. Valentino was the artist and creator, while Giancarlo was the anchor that held the company, and Valentino, to the ground.