If any designer did justice to the words luxury and romance, it definitely has to be Valentino Garavani, the celebrated Italian designer. Born in Italy, Valentino moved to Paris at the age of 17 to pursue his interest in fashion. He pursued his education at École des Beaux-Arts and Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Eventually Garavani interned and worked with numerous designers until he finally established his label in 1959 in Rome along with Giancarlo Giammetti, his business and life partner, for over fifty years.
In 1962, Valentino showcased his first collection for the first time in an international fashion show in Florence. His first collection was very well received by buyers which left him deluged with their orders. Valentino successfully intertwined the couture of France and Italy together, using French embroidery and impeccable taste, along with Italian fabrics and workmanship. He has established himself as one of the greatest designers, with a very elegant and feminine fashion. Valentino has been and is even still synonymous to the word dresses. His dresses aren’t like any other, they’re youthful, elegant, romantic and definitely dreamy. Valentino explains that a dress should have very little detail and notes that he is focusing his design energy on creating a most perfect bias cut.
Dresses aren’t the only garments Valentino has mastered, He can soften the edges of a razor-sharp blazer by styling it with a ballooning skirt or a sweatshirt hood. He elevates the sweater's status by showing a plaid knitted one with a skirt of contrasting textured lame-figured chiffon. A tee-shirt gets transformed into a dress when made in silk and has diamonds studded on the sleeves. Flowers have always fascinated Valentino and he has used them in prints, in silk, and for petal shapes of bodices or skirts. He says there should be a minimum of detail, but he does put in a lot of bows on his garments, at the waist or on a shoulder.