First name in fashion

The glamorous life and work of Valentino Garavani

Art Edition No. 1–100
  • Limited to 100 numbered copies, signed by Valentino Garavani
  • Accompanied by four prints of original drawings from the 1950s and 1960s, all signed by Valentino, and authenticated with a stamp on the back (frames not included)
  • Features gilt-edged pages and is covered in an elegant book cloth with six-color silkscreen printing
  • Comes in a clamshell box finished in silk cloth  

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Above left: Atelier Dessès, Paris 1954. Hommage à Maria Felix, pencil and tempera on cardboard, 36 x 27.5 cm. 
Above right: Couture. Fall-Winter 1965/66. Original drawing of a fiery crêpe evening dress by Valentino, falling straight from a strapless neckline. Designed for Princess Pignatelli.

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Above left: Fall-Winter 1967/68. Dress in salmon crêpe, scalloped embroidery with pearls, diamonds, gold and silver. Designed for Jacqueline Kennedy.
Above right: Atelier Dessès, Paris 1954. Madame Imperiale, pencil and tempera on paper, 38 x 27 cm.
(Frames not included)

Think Valentino: think luxury. Think elegance. Think red carpet. Fashion’s most beloved upholder of refined decadence and the most exciting couturier in business is known around the globe simply by his first name. Only a few years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino was already at the height of success, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees. Over forty years later, not much has changed—he’s still dressing the top celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow to J.Lo, though now his business is a major economic force in Italy and his fashion house is among the most famous in the world. Valentino has always designed clothes for glamorous and sophisticated women, never wavering from his signature style even when grunge, deconstruction, and other passing fads were all the rage. Though his couture division almost never makes a profit (his ready-to-wear lines are what fuel the business), his heart is most solidly devoted to the magnificent haute couture gowns that earned him his reputation as fashion’s most talented dressmaker.

This luxurious limited-edition publication renders homage to Valentino’s illustrious career via a copious selection of images from his archives, including drawings, magazine shoots, advertisements, portraits of Valentino, and documentary photographs; presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Text also includes Vanity Fair writer Matt Tyrnauer’s interviews with twenty of Valentino’s closest collaborators and friends as well as an appreciation of Valentino by International Herald Tribune’s fashion writer Suzy Menkes. All of these elements add up to an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius—a book more comprehensive and stunning than one could hardly dare to dream of. After all, what could be a more fitting tribute to the work of Valentino than a book as beautiful and luxurious as one of his gowns?

The authors:
Undisputed doyenne of the international fashion press, Suzy Menkes is head fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. Among the world's most influential fashion critics, she is an officer of the Order of the British Empire as well as a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. She lives and works in Paris.

Matt Tyrnauer is Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, where he has written and edited numerous features over the years. Among them are stories on Martha Stewart, Siegfried & Roy, Frank Gehry, Merv Griffin, and Valentino. He is a native of Los Angeles and lives in New York City.

The editor:
Armando Chitolina worked as a design consultant and art director at Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue, and image consultant for fashion houses Moschino and Mila Schön. His TASCHEN titles include William Claxton's Jazz Seen, Gian Paolo Barbieri's Equator, The Book of Tiki, Naked as a Jaybird and Valentino: A Grand Italian Epic.
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Hardcover in clamshell box with 4 prints in portfolio, 13.0 x 17.3 in., 738 pages
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  • Reviews
"Think Valentino, think luxury and elegance. Fashion’s most beloved upholder of refined decadence is the star in luxurious limited-edition book from TASCHEN that includes drawings, magazine shoots, advertisements, portraits of Valentino, and documentary photographs."
— Yellow Magazine, Dallas, United States
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Valentino Garavani. Una grande storia italiana (Collector's Edition)
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The glamorous life and work of Valentino Garavani. Limited edition of 2,000 copies