Celebrating Valentino

VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR

Valentino The Last Emperor is a feature-length film on the legendary designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded in Rome more than 45 years ago. Shown around the world in film festivals to wide acclaim, the film that has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring access never-before allowed in the high temples of Haute Couture. The legendary Valentino is the star of the film, along with his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino The Last Emperor follows them for the final two years of their careers, and show the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game.

The struggle of art against commerce is at the center of the film. In the end, however, the story proves to be not one about money or expensive clothes, but about love. The movie is now playing in U.S. theaters. For more infos, the trailer and a list of the selected theaters: Official site | Facebook Group |

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VALENTINO: A GRAND ITALIAN EPIC / TASCHEN

For almost half a century Valentino dominated Italian haute couture, dressing the world’s wealthiest and most glamorous women. Only a few years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino could already count Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees. Despite his retirement in 2007 little has changed; his brand continues to thrive and prosper, and is worn by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. Valentino has always designed magnificent gowns, never wavering from his signature style despite fads like grunge, deconstruction, and minimalism. This new Taschen lavish book traces Valentino’s illustrious career through copious images from his archives, including drawings, magazine editorial shoots, advertisements, portraits, and documentary photographs. Presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Combined, they provide an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius.
Following the Collector’s and Art Editions, this trade edition puts Valentino’s haute couture glamour within reach at a ready-to-wear price point.

Chitolina, Armando (ED)
Tyrnauer, Matt / Menkes, Suzy / Miscellaneous
Hardcover, 25 x 33.4 cm (9.8 x 13.1 in.), 576 pages
$ 70.00 | ISBN: 978-3-8365-0329-7
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