May 23, 2012

Valentino rocks again with a collection of ballet costumes

Since Valentino Garavani left his business in the hands of the creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, in 2008, the brilliant designer has more time to take care of his impressive art collection, and other passions, such as ballet. Soon we will be able to admire the Italian designer’s return in the spotlight with a collection of ballet costumes created for the New York City Ballet fall opening.

Valentino Garavani, known as Valentino, is one of the greatest designers that Italy gave to the world, in the ’60s. Through his work, he celebrates women’s sensuality in its entire splendor.

Known for his red, spectacular, long dresses, in a time when the mini skirt was entering the fashion, and for simple constructions of black and white attires, Valentino was appreciated by women around the world, from Jackie Onassis, to Nicole Kidman and J.Lo, for whom he designed one of her wedding dresses.

“I don’t think any man in the world wants to go out with a woman dressed like a boy”, the designer said in an interview, stating his preference for long, elegant dresses.

In 1998, after almost 40 years of hard work, Valentino and his business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti sold the company for £211 millions. Today, Valentino is under the Valentino Fashion Group, which owns Marlboro Classics and Missoni brands. The company’s CEO is Stefano Sassi.

Valentino Fashion Group operates in more than 85 countries, with over 812 stores. According to cpp-luxury.com, last year the business grew up with 17, 5%, meaning more than €322 millions.

In Romania a store was opened  in December 2011, under The Grand Mall, owner and commercial area of the JW Marriott Hotel.

Those who appreciate Valentino collections can see his work, including illustrations, editorials, collections and special moments that have marked the brand during its existence, in a virtual museum, at  valentino-garavani-archives.org.

 

Photos: Valentino PR Office,  scrieliber.ro, laceandtea.com, mitademo.com, couturesnob.com