Valentino, the movie

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Part Sun King, part Roman Emperor, Valentino Garavini was the titular head of his company for forty-five years.  While relying on others to take care of the commercial side of the business, he built a billion dollar enterprise and designed gowns worn by the rich and famous throughout the world, blurring the edges between art and fashion.



Valentino: The Last Emperor is a riveting look at the Italian fashion designer's last year at the eponymous couture house that culminated in Rome in July 2007 with the magnificent Red Party - a retrospective of the his career at Ara Pacis Museum, a ball at the Villa Borghese and dinner for 900 of his closest friends at the Temple of Venus.

Matt Tyrnauer and his film crew had unlimited access to Valentino at a time of crisis when investment funds were taking over the business and rumours of Valentino's iminent retirement were rife. The documentary is a compelling and affectionate portrait of the last true couturier and fashion icon:



Valentino, the movie


Valentino was incapable of designing an ugly dress


Valentino, the movie
He had an entourage and staff of beautiful people, without whom he would probably have stayed in his room all day sketching




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He has a posse of the best trained pugs in the world (pugs know to get off the red carpet when nature calls)


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His seamstresses, who hand sew every garment, are more detail oriented and stressed out than the designer himself


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His almost fifty year business and personal partnership with Giancarlo Giammetti is one of the great love stories. Almost never apart, they bicker constantly, yet love and respect each other completely.


Valentino, the movie


 Valentino made dresses that I covet; possibly this one most of all.

Valentino, the movie

Valentino, the movie

Valentino, the movie

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