Fashion designers help create the billions of shoes, dresses, suits and other clothing and accessories bought every year by consumers worldwide. Designers often study fashion developments, sketch schemes of clothing and accessories, fabrics and select colors, and oversee the final production of their designs. Fashion designers work in a number of ways in crafting accessories and clothing in an attempt to satisfy the desire of customers for aesthetically designed clothing. Fashion designers may work on a full-time basis for an in-house designers company which owns the designs or work alone or as part of a team. A number designers have set a reputation for which enables them to set fashion trends in the fashion industry, an example is Valentino Garavani; an Italian designer.
Valentino Garavani is one of the finest fashion designers; known for his classic designs and has dressed the world’s opulent and famous for almost the last five decades with his designs. Valentino Garavani was born in Voghera, Italy, in May 1932. According to the China daily, Valentino grew from “humble beginnings as the son of an electrical supply store owner in northern Italy” but later became an international might in fashion. He turned out everything from couture to cruise wear for his A-list clientele who he dressed all over the world. Valentino studied fashion design and French at the Academia dell Arte in Milan and then he then went to the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (Craven; Vogue.com). While studying in Academia dell Arte in Milan, he was awarded various awarded prizes for fashion and design by the International Wool in recognition of his talents in fashion and design.
Valentino’s got his first job in 1950 while he was at the age of 18. He worked with couturier Jean Desses as an assistant designer He later worked for Guy Laroche. He later moved to Rome where he launched his first collection - and salon in 1960. While working in his salon, he was famed for his full-length skirts, rather than minis contrary to what other fashion designers made. He was once quoted having said "I don't think any man in the world wants to go out with a woman dressed like a boy.”
The year 1968 marked his groundbreaking in the fashion industry. Valentino introduced white collection as well as the now-iconic V label. Thanks in part to the entrepreneurial skill of Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino's longtime business partner and ex-boyfriend; the brand is still manna among European royalty, American socialites, and celebrities craving a touch of class.
Valentino's signature style is "opulence”. His designs carry duteous detailing and magnificent embroidery in his design items. Taking a look at Valentino’s work, one cannot fail to see a perfection of luxury but also a very strong yet discreet appeal of shades; all stolen from impalpable delicateness of milk and powder and prized stones. Garavani’s style is rich in all of the best Italian fashion design and style.
Valentino is designs are full of lavishness, drama and extravagance. Since his business in 1960, Valentino Garavani made his mark early with intricately thorough, deluxe gowns and tastefully body-conscious silhouettes and even perfected his own shade of Valentino Red. Valentino Garavani breakthrough in the fashion arena came in 1968. He introduced white collection as well as the now-iconic V label. This was possible because of entrepreneurial skill of Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino's longtime industry partner whom he worked with. Although Valentino has arrays of new creations which attract a great deal of attention from celebrities, he is well known for his vintage dresses which continue to command attention as well as sales in the fashion scene. Valentino Garavani is also known for his scarlet gowns worn by numerous Hollywood stars.
Valentino got inspired to design when he saw beauty in the black and white images that came to life on the big screen. This further stimulated his love for creating beautiful clothing for women so they could feel that same warmth while wearing the dresses he designs. The strong urge to pursue of beauty has made produce legendary creation; his signature red gown that are synonymously identified with him all over the globe.
During his career as a fashion designer, Valentino Garavani has transformed his business into one of the one of the world's most famous luxury brands fashion house. “Valentino's creations made him the designer of choice for the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and actresses such as Elizabeth Taylor. In 1998, Valentino sold his fashion label and since then it has passed through several owners. The Valentino fashion house is currently owned by Permira.
Valentino’s skills of paying attention to detail as well as painstakingly attending to every moment of a dress that makes his work a true masterpiece. His recent retirement from fashion in 2007 marked a start of his future filled with “filled with new interests and challenges". Despite his departure, the sight of red gowns will serve as a reminder of Valentino, a name so revered in the fashion world.