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Valentino

The mononymously known Italian designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (b. 1932) is renowned for his fashion house of romantic styles and feminine shapes that he founded in Rome in 1960.

An early fascination with fashion developed when Valentino attended the theater as a child and was dazzled by the evening gowns on stage. While a teenager in Voghera, Lombardy, he studied under Italian designer Ernestina Salvadeo and soon moved to Paris, where he trained at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Valentino spent time apprenticing under haute couturiers Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche, learning how to design and construct high fashion while also thinking about how to strike out on his own.

In 1959, Valentino returned to Italy, and a year later, he opened his own salon, soon joining with longtime professional and personal partner Giancarlo Giammetti. It was located on Rome’s trendy Via Condotti and modeled after the French maisons. One of his earliest clients was Elizabeth Taylor, who discovered Valentino while she was in Rome filming Cleopatra and ordered the white dress that she wore to the premiere of Spartacus. When the designer launched his first couture line in 1962 with its fiery red colors, it was internationally celebrated, with Valentino soon attiring fashion trendsetters including Princess Margaret and Audrey Hepburn. He formed an especially close friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for whom he designed numerous dresses. Luxurious drapery with fine needlework, bold uses of color and dramatic flourishes would define Valentino fashion across the decades.

As a fashion house, Valentino is best known for its signature Valentino Red color, though one of its iconic lines is the monochromatic “no colour” collection for which the designer won the Neiman Marcus Award in 1967. (The collection also debuted his trademark “V.”) The white and beige dresses led to a demand for Valentino wedding gowns, with clients including Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway. Valentino retired from his fashion empire in 2007, with Alessandra Facchinetti and then the duo Maria Grazia Chiuri (who departed in 2016) and Pierpaolo Piccioli succeeding him as creative directors. But Valentino still steps out of retirement for special occasions, such as designing a wedding gown for Princess Madeleine of Sweden in 2013. Today, the brand has expanded far beyond women’s haute couture and prêt-à-porter to encompass various lines of accessories, including shoes, sunglasses, scarves and perfume.

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$911
Vintage Valentino Night Black Silk & Lace Slip Evening Dress
By Valentino, Valentino Night
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage Valentino silk dress has beautiful lace detailing. This is a dress that can be worn with a simple wrap or an evening coat and we love the a sheer lace bust. The lace thr...
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1990s Valentino

Valentino Silk Dress with Cut out Waist S/S 2005
By Valentino
Located in Water Mill, NY
A gorgeous silk flower print dress from Valentino in pink, orange, off white, gold and brown. It is sleeveless with a plunging neckline front and back, cut outs at the waist and a f...
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Early 2000s Valentino

Valentino Burgundy Leather Flower Applique Slide Sandals Size 38
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
These Valentino burgundy sandals come bearing the rose—a symbol of timeless beauty present in many of the brand's designs. These slides, constructed using leather, feature a 3D rose ...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Pink Atelier Rose 03 Edition Leather Rose Small Crossbody Bag
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
Valentino Pink Atelier Rose 03 Edition Leather Rose Small Crossbody Bag Made In: Italy Color: Pink Hardware: Goldtone Materials: Leather Lining: Pink leather Closure/Opening: Flap t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino White Leather Rockstud Sneakers
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
Valentino White Leather Rockstud Sneakers - White leather low top trainers adorned with pale gold-tone metal Rockstuds - Lace up front - Rubber sole Materials: Body: 100% ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Pea Green Cashmere/Wool Tie Front Jacket
By Valentino
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Valentino pea green cashmere/wool blend, tie front jacket. Double face wool jacket with raglan sleeves, band collar and amazing sewing details. Lightweight, unlined jacket is perfec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Red Crystal Embellished Suede Block Heel Ankle Strap Pumps Size 39
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
These gorgeous pumps from Valentino are all you need to make a statement! The red pumps are crafted from suede and embellished with crystals all over them. They come equipped with bu...
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2010s Valentino

Black & white tulle fully embroidered cocktail dress Valentino
By Valentino
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black & white tulle fully embroidered cocktail dress. See-through on the bust and chiffon lining on the skirt. Black satin ribbon around the waist and bow. SIZE 10
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Early 2000s Valentino

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Valentino fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Valentino fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, pink, blue and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Christian Louboutin, Balenciaga and Prada appealing. Find Valentino haute couture, vintage and designer fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$30 and tops out at US$30,000, while the average work can sell for US$658.

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