Valentino Garavani was born in Voghera, Milan in 1932. While attending high school he shows a precocious artistic temperament and soon becomes interested in fashion. He takes courses in fashion design and studies French to prepare himself to move to Paris. He is 17 years old when he arrives in the then world capital of fashion and couture. After a few years’ apprenticeship in the Fashion Houses of Jean Desses and Guy Laroche.
Valentino Garavani returns to Rome at the beginning of the 60s to open his own atelier in Via Condotti. Those are the years of the Dolce Vita and many Hollywood stars who come through Rome discover Valentino Garavani and determine his quick fame. Valentino Garavani's international debut takes place in 1962 in Florence, the Italian fashion capital of the time.
Valentino Garavani's "V" logo is famous all over the world. Women such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Farah Diba and Elizabeth Taylor have worn his creations. By 1965 Valentino Garavani has already established himself as the leader of Italian fashion. In 1967 he receives in Dallas, Texas the Neiman Marcus Award, equivalent to the Fashion Oscar. At the end of the 1960’s Valentino Garavani meets Giancarlo Giannetti, an architecture student who abandons university to become his business partner.
By 1972 Valentino Garavani has already launched his women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections and has opened his first boutiques in Rome and Milan. In 1978 Valentino launches his perfume during a gala in Paris, where guest star Mikhail Baryshnikov dances Tchaikowski’s La Dame de Pique at the théatre des Champs Elisées. His creations are to this day worn by the most famous and elegant women and men.