Valentino: Themes and Variations
The name Valentino has been synonymous with high fashion for almost fifty years. Based in Rome, Valentino is only one of two couture houses recognized by the French government outside of Paris. His exquisite designs are coveted and worn by young Hollywood and high society the world over. On the occasion of his last couture collection, presented in Paris in the spring of 20...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Rizzoli
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Even though this book purports to explore the range of themes, styles, and inspirations behind Valentino's work I found it rather lacklustre. There were sections which covered lines, patterns, and motifs, but I didn't feel that any of them were accurate representations of the couturier's acheivements. Maybe the pieces chosen weren't special in-and-of themselves or there simply weren't enough of them shown to represent themes properly, but I am sure that Valentino is much more than this book pain...more