Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani commonly known by only his first name ‘Valentino’ was born on the 11th of May, 1932 in a small town North of Milan, Italy. At the age of 17, Valentino acted upon his desire of becoming a fashion designer and took his dream to the inner cities of Paris to study.
Whilst in Paris, Valentino studied under other well known icons in fashion. His first apprenticeship was with Jean Desses continuing on under Guy Laroche. Valentino quickly learned what it takes to be one of the best in the fashion industry.
With Valentino wanting to fulfill higher dreams as a designer, he decided to try and build his own fashion house. Valentino left Paris and opened his own fashion studio in Rome in 1959 under the finance of his father. He named the fashion house ‘Valentino’, after himself; he then began to design for his first fashion show. In 1962, Valentino completed his first runway fashion show. It was with the tremendous success of this show that the fashion world first began to take notice of Valentino and his designs. His studio was on its way to becoming an empire.
Valentino’s headquarter is based in Milan but owns and runs boutique stores in Atlanta, Bal Harbour, Beverly Hills, Boston, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C, Philadelphia, Chicago, Tokyo, Italy, Paris, Rome, Bangkok and Argentina.
HISTORY 1932 | Valentino Garavani was born. His father was an electrical supplier and his mother recognized the value of a well-made garment. | 1944 | He begins sketching fashion designs all over his schoolbooks. | 1950 | Valentino’s mother and father let him study fashion in Paris. He is schooled at the ‘École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne’. | 1951 | Valentino lands a position as an apprentice sketcher for Jean Desses. He will work for the couturier for five years. | 1957 | He began his second apprenticeship with Guy Laroche, who