When he was seventeen, Valentino Garavani, better known as Valentino, was awarded an haute couture scholarship and moved to Paris. The Italian’s fashion creations quickly became known. In the sixties he rose to become the favourite designer of the international jet set, with personalities such as the Begum Aga Khan, Farah Diba, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Liz Taylor and Marella Agnelli wearing his elegant creations. In recognition, he was crowned with the fashion industry’s equivalent of the Oscar, the Neiman Marcus Award and with the Lifetime Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Valentino brought one thing above all to fashion: glamour. To this day, you will find the maestro’s flattering silhouettes present at any gathering of stars, crowned heads or high-ranking personalities.

The fashion designer also made his favourite colour famous: Valentino red. A red so vibrant and flattering that it never comes across as ostentatious. That is the very colour that the Corine figurine was also to wear when Valentino created a new dress for the 2007 annual Book Award trophy.

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