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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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Designer: Valentino
Valentino Silver Sequined Cropped Jacket
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
Valentino, fitted jacket, having lapels, short sleeves, a curved hem with crystal button closures. Jacket is entirely, encrusted with silver paillettes.
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1990s 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 Sequin Floral Evening Dress With Salmon Pink Ruffled Shrug
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in Portland, OR
This is a sensational Valentino flapper inspired evening dress in shades of pink, blue and gold. This incredible dress is covered with shimmering sequins embroidered in a floral desi...
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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 Couture Silk Trimmed Wool Blazer Small
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
This blazer by Valentino Couture has been tailored in Italy from exceptionally soft wool and has strong padded shoulders and a sweeping v-neckline, trimmed in ivory grosgrain. Grey w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Black Leather Rockstud Flap Belt Bag
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Valentino belt bag blends a modern silhouette with an iconic House code—Rockstud. Crafted from black leather, the belt bag is styled with gold-tone studs on the exterior. The ba...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Multicolor Floral Print Fabric Bow Slide Sandals Size 37.5
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Complete your attire with nothing but elegance as you wear these sandals from Valentino. Crafted skillfully with multicolored floral print fabric on the upper with a bow motif on the...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Brown/Black Leather Platform Sandals Size 38.5
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The House of Valentino has crafted these sandals which define the contemporary trends in fashion. Designed with brown-black leather, these sandals flamboyantly display a courageous s...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Black Leather Blazer
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Black leather blazer by Valentino. Peaked lapel. Dual hip pockets. Closure at front. Designer size 44. 34" bust, 16" shoulder width, 23" sleeve length, 27" length. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Pale Pink Leather Rockstud Penny Loafer Mules Size 38.5
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Rockstud collection from Valentino is one of the most admired and significant creations of the brand. These Rockstud mules are here to enchant everyone with their beauty. Their e...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Tan/Tan Studcork Sandals Size EU 38
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Cork platforms bring a casual and summery mood to Valentino's tan sandals. They're crafted from leather, and the straps are accented with the signature Rockstuds for an edgy feel. Te...
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2010s Valentino

VALENTINO pink red beige silk STRIPED Shorts Pants 38 XS
By Valentino
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Valentino striped shorts in pink, dusty rose, yellow, beige and greenpolyester (79%) and silk (21%). Opens with a concealed zipper and a hook on the side. Lined in whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Garavani Rockstud Spike Quilted Velvet Belt Bag
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
This Valentino Garavani belt bag has been made in Italy from black velvet that's punctuated with hand-applied 'Rockstud' spikes to accentuate the quilted finish, can easily fit you p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Roma Black Lace Skirt
By Valentino Roma, Valentino
Located in London, GB
A pretty skirt for summer by Valentino Roma. The skirt is in an attractive heavy black lace with a pale pink lining and central back zip opening. Size 44 /8 Measurements: waist 31''...
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Early 2000s Valentino

Valentino Black and Brown Silk Rosier Roses Tote Bag
By Valentino
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Valentino Black and Brown Silk Rosier Roses Tote Bag in very good condition. Black and brown silk organza rosettes embroidered throughout the exterior. Black patent leather trim and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Vintage Valentino 100% silk elegant tie
By Valentino
Located in Milano, IT
A true evergreen, this tie is designed by the famous fashion designer Valentino, reflects the great Italian taste in fashion. This vintage all silk tie is colorful, yet classic. deco...
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Mid-20th Century Valentino

Valentino Beige Patent Leather Bow Accents Platform Pumps Size 38
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Stand tall and in style with this pair of beige pumps from Valentino. Crafted using patent leather, the pumps feature peep toes, platforms, 12.5 cm heels, and bows on the uppers. Sty...
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2010s Valentino

VALENTINO Garavani Nude Leather Classic Platform Pumps Heels NIB
By Valentino
Located in Thiensville, WI
DESCRIPTION: VALENTINO Garavani Nude Leather Classic Platform Pumps Heels NIB Estimated Retail: $695 Brand / Manufacturer: Valentino Collection: Garavani Style: Platform pumps Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Brown Tortoise Metal Eyeglasses 1980S
By Valentino
Located in Brindisi, Bt
Valentino vintage eyeglasses for men, tortoise brown metal frame, 80s, made in Italy, new stock fund. Original case. Model V360. Lenses: 55 mm Bridge: 15 mm Rod Length: 130 mm
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1980s Valentino

Valentino Brown/Cream Canvas and Leather Hobo
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This striking hobo bag by Valentino is perfect for everyday use. It has been crafted from canvas and leather and comes in versatile shades of brown & cream. It has a single handle, a...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Mink-fur Rockstud low-top leather trainers - Size 38
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
Valentino White Sneakers with Fur and Rockstud Detail - fur and stud sneakers feature a round toe - platinum-finish studs - rubber sole with stud detailing at back Materials Sole:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino multicoloured silk tie
By Valentino
Located in Capri, IT
Valentino multicoloured silk tie
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1990s Valentino

Valentino Hand Beaded Sari Silk Asymmetrical Evening Dress
By Valentino
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fall 2003 designed by Valentino Garavani. Rare, beautifully hand beaded and few produced. Fashioned in shades of purple silk chiffon with skirt in a checkered pattern. Entire dr...
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Early 2000s Valentino

VALENTINO Navy & Light Grey Honeycomb Silk Chiffon Scarf
By Valentino
Located in San Francisco, CA
VALENTINO scarf comes in a navy & light grey honeycomb silk chiffon. Made in Italy. Very Good Pre-Owned Condition. Measurements: 33 in. x 34 in.
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Vintage Black and Red Striped Cotton & Silk Button Front Blouse
By Valentino
Located in Portland, OR
This is a great vintage blouse from Valentino in a red and black striped cotton with a black silk collar. This boxy, double breasted button front blouse has 2 functional buttons, one...
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Late 20th Century Valentino

VALENTINO white alpaca & yak OVERSIZED BUTTERFLY Cardigan Sweater S
By Valentino
Located in Zürich, CH
Valentino oversized butterfly embroidered cardigan in off-white alpaca hair (50%) and yak (50%) with a v-neck and two pockets on the front. Unlined. Has been worn and is in excellent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

VALENTINO Garavani A/W 2011 "Aphrodite Small" Black Leather Bow Detail Handbag
By Valentino, MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI
Located in Thiensville, WI
Valentino Garavani Autumn/Winter 2011 "Aphrodite Small" black nappa leather handbag. Single top handle attached to a center leather tab with two slide compartments on either side. Fr...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino vintage multicoloured tie
By Valentino
Located in Capri, IT
Valentino vintage multicoloured tie
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1990s Valentino

Valentino Roman Stud Hobo Leather Medium
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor scuffs and creasing on exterior and handle, small indentations in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Lime Green Chiffon Skirt with Camisole Top
By Valentino
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Valentino Lime Green Chiffon Skirt with Camisole Top — Top featured in a chartreuse green color with a decorative belted front and side zipper fastening. Skirt has a floral motif thr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino black wool jacket
By Valentino
Located in Capri, IT
Valentino black wool jacket A totally made in italy black wool jacket, velvet neck totally made in italy in size 42
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1990s Valentino

1990s Valentino Grey Micro Pleated Jacket and Dress Set
By Valentino
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s Valentino grey knit dress and jacket ensemble. Long sleeve, ribbed turtleneck dress jacket with fitted bodice and micro pleated skirt. Zipper closure up the front. Matching dre...
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1990s Valentino

Valentino Black Lace Cardigan Top
By Valentino
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Featuring black floral lace, see through, V-neck line, front button closure, black knit trip detail. Made in Italy.
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Black Silk Rose and Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Evening Bag
By Valentino
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Valentino Black Silk Rose and Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Evening Bag in excellent condition. Black silk exterior trimmed with silver hardware, black silk rosettes along the front si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

VALENTINO Size S Red Knit long Sleeve Pleat Flare Skirt Dress
By Valentino
Located in San Francisco, CA
VALENTINO dress comes in a crepe knit with a boat neck, gathered shoulder long sleeves, and fit flare silhouette with pleat textured panel skirt. Made in Italy. Excellent Pre-Owned ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Rockee Fringe Leather Clutch
By Valentino, Valentino Garavani
Located in London, GB
Grained leather with suede lining and gold-tone hardware. Zip top closure. Interior zip pocket and pockets. Fringe trim. Made in Italy. Dimensions: Approx. 13.5 x 16 x 1 inches Con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Multicolor Crystal Embellished Suede Leather Rockstud Pointed Toe Flat
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Instantly recognizable, the ballet flats from Valentino are one of the most iconic styles from the brand. These flats have been crafted from suede and embellished with crystals in a ...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Rockstud Mink-Fur Slides
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
Valentino's neon-yellow Rockstud slides are crafted in Italy with a wide mink-fur strap that's appliquéd with hallmark platinum-finish light-gold tone metal pyramid studs. They featu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Black/Pink Patent And Leather T-Strap Booties Size 38
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Head out in style in this fabulous pair of booties from the house of Valentino. Made from black patent leather as a T-strap pump, the design is elevated with the addition of pink lea...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Boutique Navy Blazer Jacket Size 6
By Valentino
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Featuring collar, 3 front pockets, 3 large front buttons closure, 2 buttons detail on each sleeve, half rear belt detail with 2 buttons and ruffle detail on the back...
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Late 20th Century Valentino

1980s Valentino beige wool Coat
By Valentino
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Valentino beige wool Coat featuring a high collar, hidden front buttons and two pockets. No lining. The size shown on the label is size IT 42 with an oversize style, typical of the 1...
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1980s Valentino

VALENTINO Size 40 Purple Textured Corduroy Notch Lapel Sport Coat
By Valentino
Located in San Francisco, CA
VALENTINO sport coat comes in a purple textured corduroy featuring a notch lapel, flap pockets, and a two button closure. Made in Italy. Excellent Pre-Owned Condition. Marked: 50 M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino New 2000s Women's Red, White and Blue Boy Shorts Swimsuit Bottoms
By Valentino
Located in San Diego, CA
Never worn early 2000s VALENTINO red, white and blue boy shorts / swimsuit bottoms! Tropical prints throughout. Drawstring at waist to adjust to fit. Silver metal Valentino logo at b...
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Early 2000s Valentino

Valentino Embellished Floral Skirt
By Valentino Garavani, Valentino
Located in Montgomery, TX
Beige skirt with pleated tulle hem, sequin floral design throughout and side zip closure. Measurements: Waist 28 inches, length 23.5 inches Fabric Content: Fabric content not listed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

1980s Valentino cream multi tone silk shirt - blouse
By Valentino
Located in Capri, IT
1980s Valentino cream multi tone silk shirt - blouse ttoally made in italy in size 42 composition: Silk
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1980s Valentino

Valentino Aqua Silk Dress with Cutouts - 6
By Valentino
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Valentino Aqua Silk Dress with Cutouts - 6
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino black leather skirt with velvet trim
By Valentino
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Valentino black leather skirt with a vertical velvet panel at 1 side and 2 side pockets. size is Italian 42 appears to be smaller, please refer to the measurements in the description...
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20th Century Valentino

Valentino Black and White Jacket
By Valentino
Located in Capri, IT
Valentino Black and White jacket totally made in italy in size 10 Composition: Wool
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19th Century Valentino

Valentino Red Patent Leather Couture Bow Peep Toe Platform Pumps Size 39
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Create an aura of elegance with these stunning peep-toe pumps from Valentino. These red pumps are crafted from patent leather. The pair flaunts couture bow detailing on the uppers, l...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Haute Couture Pin-Striped Open Coat
By Valentino
Located in Geneva, CH
Early 90's Valentino haute couture wool and silk open coat. With its straight tailored cut and the sharp details at the sleeves and at the back, this coat has a very contemporary loo...
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1990s Valentino

VALENTINO beige nude silk trimmed ruffle floral peep toe slip on mule heels EU37
By Valentino
Located in Hong Kong, NT
VALENTINO beige nude silk trimmed ruffle floral peep toe slip on mule heels EU37 Reference: TGAS/A03071 Brand: Valentino Model: Valentino Material: Leather Color: Beige Pattern: Othe...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino VLTN-print cotton polo shirt M
By Valentino
Located in London, GB
Valentino VLTN-print cotton polo shirt - Mid-weight cotton pique - White VLTN logo print - Point collar - Front buttons Materials 100% Cotton Hand washable Made in Italy Shou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Valentino Blue Leather Pointed Toe Pumps Size 39.5
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Valentino's pumps are designed in leather with 10 cm high heels, Rockstud detail on the counters, and pointed toes. They make a perfect partner to trousers or pantsuits as the blue s...
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2010s Valentino

Valentino Silver Sequins And Satin Crystal Embellished Tote
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Celebrating luxury and femininity through its signature designs, Valentino brings this lovely tote that is sure to elevate your style game. The bag exudes opulence, boasting an array...
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2010s Valentino

Beaded Valentino Black Silk Evening Suit Tassels & Avant Garde Pleated Shoulders
By Valentino
Located in Portland, OR
This is an absolutely sensational Valentino raw silk skirt evening suit with a gorgeous blazer that has a beaded bow with tassels in the front. The jacket has a plunging neckline, wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Valentino

Vintage Valentino Night Black Silk & Lace Slip Evening Dress
By Valentino Night, Valentino
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 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.
Questions About Valentino
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Valentino, the Italian luxury brand, is 61 years old and was founded in 1960. Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavan, the founder of Valentino, is 89 years old and was born 1932. Valentino clothing and accessories are available directly through Valentino’s website or boutiques as well as through selected authorized sellers, such as 1stDibs.

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