Since 2008, the renowned Italian fashion house of Valentino has been anchored by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who have moved the house’s aesthetic forward with their contemporary feminine designs. Chiuri and Piccioli are two personalities with very different design viewpoints, yet they blend these contrasts into a timeless mélange of clean simplicity and modern elegance. One of Chiuri and Piccioli’s most profound inspirations is Rome itself, the Eternal City.
Its seamless blend of ancient and modern, pagan and baroque, historic buildings and contemporary lifestyle reflects their own distinctive approach in which heritage, tradition, and innovation coexist to create a new concept of the house of Valentino.
Valentino is a clothing company founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani. It is a part of Valentino Fashion Group. Since October 2008, the creative directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Alessandra Facchinetti was Valentino’s creative designer from 2007 to 2008. Valentino is headquartered in Milan.
Italian art curator Francesco Bonami brings readers into Chiuri and Piccioli’s extraordinary world of inspiration, revealing their vision of the Valentino woman, exploring what fuels their passion and creativity, and explaining their impact and contributions to fashion as creative artists. Valentino: Mirabilia Romae features fabulous original photography by Laziz Hamani, including the spectacular inspiration boards created for every collection and the intricate paper patterns constructed for each showstopping couture gown, all carefully preserved in the house archives.
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