Valentino- Fashion Designer Information

Valentino, the epitome of Italian Haute Couture...

Valentino – Fashion Designer biography

Valentino Garavani is an Italian fashion designer, best known through his company Valentino SpA and the colour red in his designs.

Early Life of Valentino Garavani

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born on May 11, 1932 in Voghera, Italy.
He studied fashion from a young age, interning for local designers which included his own family members.
• His formal training started when he went to Paris and pursued fashion at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and chamber Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
• He received training and gained work experience at Jean Desses and Guy Laroche.


• In 1959, the young designer left Paris, to establish his own fashion house in Rome.
• The fashion house would be inspired by all the grand houses he had seen in Paris.
Valentino’s first Fashion Shows, were recognised for his red dresses and the Fashion Industry started calling his much used and favourite shade of red, the “Valentino red”.
• In 1960, Valentino met Giancarlo Giammetti in Rome, an architect who quickly became Valentino’s partner professionally and romantically.
• Together the two established Valentino SpA and would turn the company into a globally recognised brand.
• In 1962, he made his first international appearance, at the Pitti Palace in Florence.
• The showcase had paved the designer’s reputation and attracted the attention of the fashion socialites and high rollers from all over the world.
• By 1966, Valentino’s designs were known as the epitome of Italian Couture.
• In 1967, he was the recipient of the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award.
• In the 1970’s, while still upholding his relations with Florence and Rome, Valentino spent most of his time in New York.
• This where he built strong relationships with high profile celebs that would strengthened his brand name even further.
• In 1998, he and Giammetti sold their company for an estimated $300 million to Italian conglomerate HdP.
• Then HdP sold the brand to Marzotto Apparel. Through these changes Valentino always remained involved in the company despite the changes in ownership.
• In 2007, the designer announced that he would have his final Haute Couture show in January. This fashion show included legendary models such as Noami Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova, who had worked with him throughout his career.


Valentino’s designs are without a doubt best known for his use of the colour red in his exquisite garments, the fabric shade even being singled out as the “Valentino red”. He is also known for dressing Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960’s, following the assassination of President John F Kennedy. He designed multiple outfits for the first lady, thus linking his name to her iconic status.

Present Day

• Today the companies primary lines includes Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma, and R.E.D. Valentino.
• In spite of having retired from designing for the Valentino label, the famous designer still works on special orders. He designed actress Anne Hathaway‘s wedding dress in late 2012 and, more recently, the bridal gown worn by Princess Madeleine of Sweden for her royal nuptials in June 2013.

“I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.”

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