Limited to 2,000 numbered copies, each numbered and signed by Valentino Garavani
Finished in setalux book cloth with six-color silkscreen printing
Comes in a clamshell box finished in silk cloth, especially tinted in Valentino red
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?
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.
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.
Valentino Garavani. Una grande storia italiana
Suzy Menkes, Matt Tyrnauer, Armando Chitolina
Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm, 738 pages
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German, Italian