Rome: How to explore Valentino’s city

One of the fashion world’s great survivors, Valentino Garavani – better known simply as “Valentino” – began his career in 1959 as a haute couture dressmaker to the rich and famous, like so many in the Rome of the Dolce Vita years.

But with the help of his friend and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino turned a niche business into a global brand.

In his 50-year career (he officially retired in 2008), the couturier from Voghera in the north of Italy has designed dresses for Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow and more members of royal families than you could fit on to the deck of his 152ft yacht.

Rome: How to explore Valentino’s city via @Telegraph http://soc.li/iZGVN4C

Via Condotti, where Valentino was based when he first arrived from his apprenticeship in Paris in 1958

Via Condotti, where Valentino was based when he first arrived from his apprenticeship in Paris in 1958

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