Valentino Garavani

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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.

639 items total

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Enamel Small Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Pink PP

Condition: New

$2,850

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Cage Ballerina Flats 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$495

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Roman Stud Platform Sandals 37.5 Black

Condition: Very Good

$595

Valentino Garavani

Canvas Camubutterfly Rockstud Guitar Strap Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$525

Valentino Garavani

Metallic Nappa Small Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Blue

Condition: Very Good

$1,350

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Zip Around Wallet Black

Condition: Excellent

$350

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin To Be Cool Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$595

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$1,195

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Small Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Rubin

Condition: Excellent

$1,595

Valentino Garavani

Nylon Camustars Backpack Navy Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$250

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Shoulder Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$925

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain Celadon

Condition: Excellent

$1,395

Valentino Garavani

Canvas Atelier 08 San Gallo Edition Small Tote Bag Red

Condition: Very Good

$1,300

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Flip Lock Wallet Ninphea

Condition: Very Good

$350

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Ankle Strap Low Heel Pumps 39 Black Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$595

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Shoulder Tote Black

Condition: Very Good

$850

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Flip Lock Wallet White

Condition: Excellent

$450

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Micro Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag White

Condition: Excellent

$850

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Mens Mixed Media Sneakers 43 Black Mutlicolor

Condition: Giftable

$295

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Spikeme Clutch Ivory

Condition: Very Good

$995

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Wristlet Clutch Pink

Condition: Very Good

$625

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Wristlet Clutch Multicolor

Condition: Good

$450

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Flap Top Handle Crossbody Bag Fuchsia

Condition: Excellent

$795

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Medium Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$495

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Rockstud Foldable Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$820

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Flip Lock Wallet On Chain Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$795

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Quilted Roman Stud 65mm Slide Sandals 37.5 Pink

Condition: Excellent

$575

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Monochrome Medium Rockstud Flip Lock Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,160

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Mini Rockstud Flip-Lock Messenger Bag Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$995

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Canvas Camo Medium Rockstud Tote Yellow

Condition: Very Good

$850

Valentino Garavani

Patent Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Blue

Condition: Very Good

$645

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Phone Case With Chain Black

Condition: Very Good

$495

Valentino Garavani

Velvet Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Rosso Valentino

Condition: Very Good

$1,150

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Rosso Valentino

Condition: Very Good

$1,435

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Small Rockstud Chain Camera Crossbody Bag Light Pink

Condition: Very Good

$695

Valentino Garavani

Grainy Calfskin Rockstud Small Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Giftable

$1,195

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Small Rockstud Shoulder Tote Rubin

Condition: Excellent

$750

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Enamel Large Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Rose Quartz

Condition: Excellent

$2,995

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Enamel Medium Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Feminine Pink

Condition: Excellent

$2,695

Valentino Garavani

Grained Lagun Calfskin Rockstud Twiny Top Handle Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$975

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$1,650

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Small Rockstud Handbag Dark Nude

Condition: Excellent

$950

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Mini Vlogo Hobo Bag White

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Small Rockstud Flip Lock Shoulder Bag Blue

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Alcove Pumps 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$575

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Medium Rockstud Tote Marine

Condition: Fair

$475

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Roman Stud Ankle Strap 80mm Pumps 39.5 Pink

Condition: Excellent

$995

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Small Rockstud Flip Lock Hobo Dark Beige

Condition: Excellent

$950

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Flair Ankle Wrap Slide Sandals 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Ankle Strap Espadrille Wedge Sandals 38 Black

Condition: Very Good

$395

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Monochrome Large Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,595

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Vlogo Tonal Slingback Pumps 38 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Rockstud Bracelet Black

Condition: Giftable

$225

Valentino Garavani

Glossy Calfskin 30mm VLogo Reversible Belt 95 38 Black Brown

Condition: Excellent

$750

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Rockstud Flip Lock Flap Messenger Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Small Supervee Vlogo Crossbody Bag Red

Condition: Excellent

$1,350

Valentino Garavani

Glossy Calfskin VLogo Reversible Belt 65 26 Smokey Brown Black

Condition: Excellent

$625

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Native Couture 1975 Mens Slip On Sneakers 42 Multicolor

Condition: Excellent

$275

Valentino Garavani

Smooth Calfskin VSling Crossbody Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$1,075

Valentino Garavani

Knit Large Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Ripe Plum

Condition: Excellent

$2,295

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin Small Rockstud Tote Black

Condition: Excellent

$925

Valentino Garavani

PVC Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag

Condition: Very Good

$1,025

Valentino Garavani

Metallic Woven Lurex Large Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Jungle

Condition: Excellent

$2,450

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Canvas Camouflage Rolling Luggage Green

Condition: Very Good

$725

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$1,650

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Colorblock Small Rockstud Tote Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$565

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Canvas Camustars Backpack Army Green

Condition: Excellent

$650

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Belt Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$425

Valentino Garavani

Grainy Calfskin Small Rockstud Top Handle Bag Light Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$1,550

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Medium Rockstud Tote Black

Condition: Fair

$450

Valentino Garavani

Craquele Nappa Small Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,495

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Free Rockstud Spike Shoulder Strap Black

Condition: Excellent

$295

Valentino Garavani

Craquele Nappa Medium Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$1,050

Valentino Garavani

Smooth Calfskin Bloomy Crossbody Bag Red

Condition: Very Good

$595

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Candystud Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Small Vlogo Tote Neon Orange

Condition: Excellent

$895

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Medium Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,595

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Medium Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Red

Condition: Very Good

$695

Valentino Garavani

Raffia Medium Vlogo Escape Shopper Natural Black Rouge

Condition: Good

$650

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Mini Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Fluo Blue

Condition: Very Good

$1,095

Valentino Garavani

Silk Satin VCase Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$695

Valentino Garavani

Eco Leather VLTN Sock Boots 36 White

Condition: Excellent

$450

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Medium Rockstud Flap Saddle Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$800

Valentino Garavani

Lambskin Medium Free Rockstud Spike Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,130

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Ankle Wrap Espadrille Wedges 36 Black

Condition: Excellent

$495

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Pop Fuxia

Condition: Very Good

$550

Valentino Garavani

Patent Rockstud Ballerina Flats 37.5 Fuchsia Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud Flip-Lock Messenger Bag Tan

Condition: Excellent

$925

Valentino Garavani

Rubber Atelier 03 Rose Edition Platform Slide Sandals 36 Black

Condition: Very Good

$325

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin Rockstud Backpack Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,095

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Small Rockstud Alcove Box Top-Handle Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$2,260

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Envelope Wristlet Clutch Black

Condition: Excellent

$550

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Medium Rockstud Tote Sorbet

Condition: Very Good

$795

Valentino Garavani

Patent Rockstud Ankle Strap Pumps 37 Poudre

Condition: Very Good

$650

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Medium Rockstud Top Handle Shoulder Bag Brown

Condition: Excellent

$1,050

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Mini Roman Stud The Handle Bag Pink Borealis

Condition: Excellent

$2,395

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Camera Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$895

Valentino Garavani

Grained Calfskin Roman Stud Large Tote Saddle Brown

Condition: Excellent

$2,295

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Rockstud 60mm Caged Slide Sandals 39 Red

Condition: Giftable

$825

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Medium Spikeme Shoulder Bag Black

Condition: Excellent

$1,195

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Medium Roman Stud Shoulder Bag Purple

Condition: Excellent

$2,295

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Rockstud Double Handle Tote Dark Pink

Condition: Excellent

$695

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Native Couture 1975 Mini Rockstud Tote Multicolor

Condition: Very Good

$710

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Small Rockstud Tote Parrot

Condition: Very Good

$725

Valentino Garavani

Patent Calfskin Womens Giggies Low Top Sneakers 40.5 White

Condition: Very Good

$395

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Canvas Camouflage Medium Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Pink

Condition: Very Good

$970

Valentino Garavani

Metallic Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Card Holder Gold

Condition: Excellent

$195

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Large Rockstud Halfmoon Saddle Bag Pink

Condition: Excellent

$995

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Mini Roman Stud The Handle Bag Ivory

Condition: Excellent

$1,695

Valentino Garavani

Calfskin Roman Stud Flat Slippers 38.5 Poudre

Condition: Excellent

$495

Valentino Garavani

Nappa Soul Rockstud Flat Slide Sandals 38.5 Black

Condition: Excellent

$595

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Small Rockstud Double Handle Tote Pink

Condition: Very Good

$595

Valentino Garavani

Vitello Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Black

Condition: Very Good

$875

Valentino Garavani

Pebbled Calfskin Rockstud Camera Crossbody Bag Black

Condition: Very Good

$795

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