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On May 11, 1932, Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, best known as the designer Valentino, was born in Voghera, Lombardy, in northern Italy. During his primary school years, Valentino discovered a love for fashion, and became apprentice to both his aunt Rosa and Italian designer Ernestina Salvadeo, who was aunt of the famous artist Aldo Giorgini. Shortly afterward, Valentino was encouraged by his mother and father to move to Paris to pursue a design career. In Paris, Valentino attended the distinguished fine art school École des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Valentino furthered his study of design in apprenticeships with influential designers Jaques Fath and Balenciaga, as well as one with Jean Desses, where he sketched dress ideas for Countess Jacqueline de Ribes. Valentino split his time at Jean Desses by sketching feverishly between greeting guests who would arrive for the daily afternoon showing. He left Jean Desses to join the Guy Laroche fashion house, where he stayed for two years. Valentino then returned to Italy, where, with the backing of his father and an associate, he opened his own fashion house in 1960. Valentino’s new fashion house was on the popular and fashionable Via Condotti in Rome. The Valentino fashion house had a grandeur reminiscent of the ones found in Paris, and Valentino even had models flown in from Paris for his first show. In 1962, Valentino made his international debut at the Pitti Palace in Florence, the then fashion capital. This debut show was a success for Valentino, who immediately became inundated with orders from international buyers as well as attention from the press. Increasingly popular was the vibrant shade of red that Valentino used often in his designs, a shade that would later be coined “Valentino Red.” As his star rose, Valentino gained international attention from ladies on the best-dressed lists around the world, including his long-time associate from Paris, Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, and well-known New York socialites Babe Paley and Jayne Wrightsman. In 1964, Valentino’s creations caught the eye of Jacqueline Kennedy, who saw Gloria Schiff (socialite and twin of American Vogue’s editor at the time, Consuelo Crespi) at an event wearing an alluring two-piece outfit made of black organza. Mrs. Kennedy was so enthralled with the fashionable garb that she contacted Ms. Schiff to find out who designed it. Upon learning that it was Valentino, Mrs. Kennedy caught wind of a charity ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, where Valentino was to present one of his collections in September of that same year. As Mrs. Kennedy was unable to attend the ball, Valentino sent a model with a presentation of key collection pieces to her apartment on Fifth Avenue. Mrs. Kennedy ordered six Valentino dresses, all in variations of black and white, to wear while mourning the death of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. She continued on as both customer and friend of Valentino, who would later design her wedding dress for her marriage to famous shipping tycoon, Aristotle Onassis. In 1967, Valentino’s reputation as Italy’s premiere couturier was further cemented upon receipt of the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, the equal to an Oscar in the fashion world. As his success mounted, Valentino’s friends and customers included such names as Queen Paola of Belgium, the Begum Aga Khan, Farah Diba, Veruschka, Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marella Agnelli, Marisa Berenson and Lee Radziwill. Valentino retired from fashion design in January 2008, with a final haute couture show in Paris that showcased legendary models Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova. His iconic creations are still at the forefront of fashion, in the form of his signature dresses, clothing for both sexes, luxury handbags and jewelry.

782 items total

Valentino

Calfskin Rockstud Camera Crossbody Bag Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$795

Valentino

Pebbled Calfskin Flip Lock Small Rockstud Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,125

Valentino

Nappa One Stud Slide Sandals 39 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino

Canvas VLogo Reversible Tote Blue

Condition: Very Good

$995

Valentino

Calfskin Rockstud Flip-Lock Messenger Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

Valentino

Suede Tango Mary Jane Pumps 39 Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$250

Valentino

Vitello Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap

Condition: Very Good

$525

Valentino

Nappa Rockstud Ballerina Flats 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino

Nappa One Stud Clutch

Condition: Excellent

$1,695

Valentino

Nappa Mini Candystud Top Handle Bag Navy

Condition: Very Good

$795

Valentino

Fabric Suede Calfskin Sneakers 41.5 Black White

Condition: Excellent

$350

Valentino

Calfskin Vlogo Signature 80 Pumps 38.5 White

Condition: Excellent

$495

Valentino

Nappa Large Roman One Stud Hand Bag Gingerbread

Condition: Excellent

$2,450

Valentino

Calfskin Roman Stud Combat Boots 39 Light Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$650

Valentino

Calfskin Rockstud 60mm City Sandals 38 Tan

Condition: Excellent

$650

Valentino

Patent Tan-Go Platform Pumps 38 Rose Cannelle

Condition: Excellent

$795

Valentino

Calfskin Buckled Slide Sandals 39 Tan

Condition: Excellent

$350

Valentino

Nappa Mini Rockstud Spike Bucket Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,130

Valentino

Canvas Nappa Leopard Print Rockstud Tote Brown

Condition: Excellent

$1,225

Valentino

Suede Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Anticorosa

Condition: Very Good

$1,130

Valentino

Raffia Calfskin Rockstud Summer Tote Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Valentino

Nylon VLTN Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$495

Valentino

Nappa Small Roman Stud The Handle Bag Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$1,995

Valentino

Nappa Rockstud Wristlet Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino

Vitello Medium Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Black

Condition: Very Good

$615

Valentino

Nappa Medium Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Rose Cannelle

Condition: Excellent

$2,525

Valentino

Lambskin Small Roman Stud Hobo Rosso

Condition: Excellent

$1,100

Valentino

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Shoulder Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$850

Valentino

Lambskin Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain Red

Condition: Very Good

$895

Valentino

Grained Calfskin Small Rockstud Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$925

Valentino

Lambskin Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

Valentino

Lambskin Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain Light Blue

Condition: Very Good

$1,295

Valentino

Calfskin Vlogo Tonal Pumps 35.5 Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$495

Valentino

Patent Rockstud Ballerina Flats 37 Water Rose

Condition: Excellent

$550

Valentino

Nappa Rockstud Cage Ballerina Flats 37 Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$745

Valentino

Lace Espadrilles 35 Black

Condition: Very Good

$225

Valentino

Grained Calfskin VSling Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,025

Valentino

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Shoulder Tote Pink

Condition: Very Good

$895

Valentino

PVC Jelly Rockstud Bow Thong Sandals 40 Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$325

Valentino

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Flap Saddle Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$995

Valentino

Nappa Rose Small Atelier Bag Cherry

Condition: Excellent

$1,250

Valentino

Lambskin VLTN Print Candystud Top Handle Bag White

Condition: Excellent

$1,795

Valentino

Patent Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps 36.5 Red Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$425

Valentino

Calfskin Rockstud Wedge Slide Sandals 37 Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$525

Valentino

Shearling Roman Stud Slide Sandals 37 Beige

Condition: Giftable

$495

Valentino

Calfskin VLTN Rockstud Open Sneakers 36.5 White

Condition: Excellent

$425

Valentino

Nappa Embossed Small Spikeme Shoulder Bag Lilac

Condition: Excellent

$1,295

Valentino

Cashmere Knit Medium Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Grey

Condition: Excellent

$1,995

Valentino

Raffia Calfskin Rockstud Summer Tote Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$1,795

Valentino

Calfskin VLTN Phone Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$425

Valentino

Calf Hair Animal Rockstud Satchel Leopard

Condition: Good

$550

Valentino

Nappa Rockstud Wristlet Clutch Black

Condition: Very Good

$525

Valentino

PVC Jelly Bow Thong Sandals 38 Green

Condition: Excellent

$295

Valentino

Vitello Small Rockstud Tote Purple

Condition: Very Good

$575

Valentino

Calfskin Vlogo Phone Pouch Red

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino

Nappa Large Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Blue

Condition: Excellent

$1,695

Valentino

Patent Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps 38.5 Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$795

Valentino

Nappa Rockstud Ballerina Flats 35 Red

Condition: Very Good

$550

Valentino

Grainy Calfskin Rockstud Pouch Black

Condition: Excellent

$795

Valentino

Vitello Rockstud Dome Shopper Red

Condition: Very Good

$850

Valentino

Rockstud Peep Toe High Heel Pumps 37.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$425

Valentino

Calfskin Reversible Shopping Tote

Condition: Excellent

$600

Valentino

Smooth Calfskin Supervee Mini Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$925

Valentino

Calfskin Rockstud Camera Crossbody Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$825

Valentino

Vitello Rockstud Flip-Lock Stachel Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$795

Valentino

Lambskin Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain Giada

Condition: Excellent

$1,450

Valentino

Vitello Medium Rockstud All Over Tote White

Condition: Very Good

$820

Valentino

Pebbled Calfskin Small Rockstud Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,130

Valentino

Calfskin Roman Stud 65mm Mules 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Valentino

Calfskin Rockstud Combat Boots 37.5 Black

Condition: Giftable

$795

Valentino

Nappa Large Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,795

Valentino

PVC Jelly Rockstud Bow Thong Sandals 40 Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$350

Valentino

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Shoulder Tote Blue

Condition: Very Good

$815

Valentino

Vitello Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Pink

Condition: Very Good

$650

Valentino

Suede Rockstud Stud Pumps 41 Red

Condition: Very Good

$350

Valentino

Nappa Small Candystud Zip Pouch Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$350

Valentino

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Bow Top Handle Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$900

Valentino

Smooth Calfskin Compact VSling Shoulder Bag Azure

Condition: Excellent

$980

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