His name is synonymous with amazing as the world’s most beautiful women proudly declare that they are wearing one of his creations on the red carpet and at high-society events around the globe. Why is he so good at what he does? It’s his passion, his impeccable sense of style and his love for all things beautiful. “I love a beautiful lady, I love a beautiful piece of furniture, I love beauty… I know what women want… they want to be beautiful.”
Valentino has recently been brought into a different spotlight as director Matt Tyrnauer’s nonfiction film story, Valentino: The Last Emperor prepares for release. It is suiting that this tribute should be on the silver screen since that’s where Valentino was first inspired to create women’s clothing. He credits his dream and vision for design to the films he watched as a young boy with his sister. He says that from the moment he saw them he decided to create clothes for ladies. Valentino’s 45 year career will also be celebrated as “The Red Thread: The Inspiration and Passion of Valentino,” a standing digital exhibition opens to the public this September during New York Fashion Week.
These won’t be the first times or the last that the iconic designer is hailed as one of the greats in the fashion world. In 2007, the Ara Pacis museum in Rome presented “Valentino a Roma,” a stunning display of the signature red dresses Valentino has designed throughout the past 4 decades.
It is his attention to detail and the painstaking work of carefully attending to every moment of a dress that makes his work a true masterpiece. From the first glimmer of vision that comes to life in his sketchbook to the final stitch, a dress that bears the name Valentino in never just put together. The man sees every millimeter of fabric, every stitch of thread, every hue, every drape and he feels the fabric and the flow before the drawing is even done. He follows that through to the catwalk and then begins the inspiring process again. Even with all that love and undivided attention, there is only one motive behind every dress: It must look beautiful on the woman who wears it.
His inspiration began when he saw beauty in the black and white images that came to life on the big screen. It continued as a love for creating beautiful clothing for women so they could feel that same passion while wearing his dress. His pursuit of beauty has made him a legend and an artist. His work is celebrated as much by those who wear his designs as those who simply are blessed to view his red dresses in museums or magazines.
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