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Fashion plays a significant role in this generation’s modernity. The society is very much affected with the trends and events in fashion. Prominent fashion houses have been more experimental with their execution of style due to the innovative demands of the society. Popular luxury labels continue to adapt to the contemporary outtakes not only in fashion but also in art. For a brand to progress, listening and understanding its industry is a must. Sad to say, there are only numerous brands that succeed because of their ability to achieve the perfect balance between modernity and classic. There are only some who succeed in breaking the rules of fashion because not all are aware that in order to break the rules, there must be a continuous effort to understand such rules.  It takes talent, expertise and a lot of experience in order to understand fashion’s discipline. One avant-garde high end brand that has been dominating the fashion industry for decades is Valentino.

No need explaining, Valentino is one of the most sought after brands in the industry in the past and in the present. When it comes to credibility and reliability, this label is one of those brands that hold a very high reputation globally. For how many years, Valentino has been soaring high in the international fashion scene. Ever since it was founded for over 50 years ago, Valentino created a mark in the industry for the incredible designing and excellent execution of their fashionable pieces.

The Founder of Valentino

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani - The Man Behind the Brand

Valentino is a luxury label that was born by an Italian fashion designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani. The amazing founder of this high end brand was once a young dreamer who has solid fascination in fashion ever since he was still in primary school. Valentino Garavani was born in a very small town in Italy called Voghera which is part of Lombardy. His fondness in fashion was cultured because of his aunt’s local designing business. Since then, he knew what he wanted to be in the future. His parents were ever supportive of his passion for fashion and they sent him to a prestigious fashion designing schools in Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. He was a very promising student and his future ahead in fashion was very certain. After finishing school, he had his apprenticeship there with Jacques Fath and then Balenciaga. These two globally renowned fashion houses are just a few of Valentino Garavani’s beginnings in the industry.

The Birth of Valentino as an Esteemed Line


In the year 1960, Valentino Garavani went back to Italy to start his very own atelier. He always wanted to pursue his own fashion identity hoping that the global fashion industry would embrace his style. With the support of his father, they established Valentino as a brand with its very first fashion house in Via Condotti, Rome, Italy. As Valentino Garavani was very confident with, the market instantly accepted his label. Everything this label makes is a global hit. Then and there, Valentino became an icon especially because of their breath-taking bright red dresses that any woman would want wear.

Valentino’s breakthrough took place in Florence in the year 1962. Just a few years after the establishment of the brand, it became known worldwide. Since then, Valentino’s creations became top picks of international celebrities, influential individuals and powerful politicians. Even the wife of the former US President John F. Kennedy is a devoted client of Valentino. The former first lady of the US was seen multiple times wearing the label during the pioneering years of the brand.

The Rise of Valentino’s Empire

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Valentino Boutique in Singapore

As years went by, Valentino gained not only the attention of the global luxury fashion scene but also its respect. Everyone, including competitors, bow down to the implausible talent of its founder together with his right hand, Giancarlo Giammetti. Altogether they built an empire. A major step in this brand’s rapid growth is when it was purchased by Mayhoola for Investments S.P.C. which is a collaborative of private investors from Qatar. In 2006, Stefano Sassi led the Valentino S.p.A. He became the C.E.O. of the company and his leadership advanced the brand to greater heights.

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the brand last 2006, the company created a new strategic vision. With the masonry of founder, Valentino Garavani, the brand was cultivated into one of the most celebrated fashion houses of the entirety of the fashion system. During this year, Valentino Garavani’s apprentice creative associate Pierpaolo Piccioli was nominated as the sole creative director of the entire Valentino empire. With his reign, creativity elevated in a whole new level. For how many years that he was associated with the brand, his natural talent in his craft was honed incredibly.

“I am interested in the idea of humanism that nourishes creativity. The human connection that forms this Maison is for me the best team possible. Here I have discovered that no innovation can exist without the profound knowledge of tradition.” Pierpaolo Piccioli’s statement tells everything we need to know why Valentino remains in the pedestal of the global fashion system.

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