Fashion designer, Valentino Garavani
The fashion house of Valentino is celebrating 50 this year. A favorite of Jackie Kennedy and many a Hollywood star, Valentino is known as the Chic Lady’s choice in fashion.
Valentino opened his house in 1960 and held his first show in Florence in 1962. With immediate success he soon opened boutiques across Europe, America, and Japan.
After years of accomplishments and honors including a documentary film, Valentino sold his business to an Italian holdings firm in 1998. He continued to design for the Valentino brand until his last show in 2008. The business has sold three more times since, the latest just this year to the Qatar Holdings LLC, who, by the way, is madly buying into luxury brands including LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
Somerset House in London is celebrating Valentino with a special exhibit including 130 of his best haute couture designs. Click here for an online peek.