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Valentissimo! Viva Valentino! exclaimed Vogue- lauding the achievements of the first Italian dress designer to take on the Paris fashion world and achieve haute couture status. Drawing on Vogues archive of imagery and text- as well as the authors exclusive interview with the designer- this book analyses Valentinos exceptional fusion of Latinate sensuality and Parisian precision. It shows how his inventive colour sense and use of opulent fabrics derived from Italian classical painting- and how his trust in and promotion of Italys craftsmen and women is evident in his use of featherweight materials- handmade embroidery- beading and pleating. Valentinos early love of costumes worn by stars of the Italian and American film industry influenced his designs- and he attracted a superstar clientele- including Hollywood celebrities from Elizabeth Taylor to Gwyneth Paltrow- European royalty- and society figures such as Jaqueline Kennedy - who wore him in mourning- and in remarriage- at her wedding to Aristotle Onassis.Valentino is unique: the exquisite quality of his dressmaking and the femininity- glamour and allure of his seasonal collections are matchless; exceptionally in his field- he is known by his first name only; and he holds a record as the founder of a house who remained in creative control of it for 45 years.... Please click here to ask a question
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