The House of Valentino
Fashion designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born on May 11, 1932. He began working in the fashion industry at a young age, apprenticing under local designers. His formal training took place in Paris, at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Valentino left Paris in 1959 to open a fashion house in Rome. He modeled his business on the grand fashion houses he had seen in Paris. Valentino’s designs were considered the pinnacle of Italian couture. In 1967, he received the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award. His client list included the Begum Aga Khan, Queen Paola of Belgium, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Today, the Valentino name is iconic in the fashion world as a symbol of the sophistication and glamour of today and yesteryear.