Valentino with Liz Hurley at the Cannes Film Festival, 2007
|Born||Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani
(1932-05-11) 11 May 1932 
Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
|Education||Ã‰cole des Beaux-Arts, Paris|
|Parent(s)||Teresa de Biaggi
|Awards||Grande ufficiale dell’ Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana, Cavaliere del Lavoro, The Neiman Marcus Award, Chevalier de la LÃ©gion d’honneur|
I have my favourite fashion decade, yes, yes, yes: ’60s. It was a sort of little revolution; the clothes were amazing but not too exaggerated.
I am like a freight train. Working on the details, twisting them and playing with them over the years, but always staying on the same track.
Unfortunately, the greatest photographers don’t pay extreme attention to the clothes. If they decide to put a dress in a bathtub or in front of a cow in the countryside with dirt everywhere, well, the dresses come back… ready to be put in the garbage.
I am happy that thousands of students, young designers and fashion people will be able to see and study my work in every aspect of it.
I hope people will say, ‘Mr. Valentino, he did something for fashion, no?’
I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business.
Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that.
My first year, people were interested in me because I was new. Then the press started to come.
An evening dress that reveals a woman’s ankles while walking is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen.
There are only three things I can do – make a dress, decorate a house, and entertain people.