Valentino is a world renowned fashion house established in 1959 by Valentino Garavani. The Italian fashion designer started his career in Paris in the 1950s, assisting a number of designers such as Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche and later decided to return to Rome to launch the House of Valentino with business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. Following it's debut in Florence in 1962, the Valentino brand is now part of the Valentino Fashion Group, one of the biggest fashion and luxury groups incorporating haute couture, prêt-à-porter, Valentino Uomo, Valentino Roma and REDValentino lines.
Valentino Garavani has received countless awards including the 1967 Nieman Marcus Prize and was introduced to the French Legion d'Honneur in 2006. In 2008, a retrospective exhibition of his 45-year career was launched in Paris and has since toured the world providing a history of Garavani's gowns of superlative glamour and refinement. Today, the brand's creative directors are Maria Grazia and Pier Paolo Piccioli who took over the house following Garavani's retirement in 2007 introducing new codes of crystalline ethereality and a muted palette.