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Favorite Books

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Valentino’s

Favorite Books

Fashion Designer

Fashion Designer and dear friend Valentino Garavani founded his eponymous label in 1960, and together with business partner, Giancarlo Giametti, ran the fashion house that dressed everyone from Jackie O to Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland to Lee Radziwill, until 2008, when he retired. Below, he shares the books that have inspired him through the years. Incidentally, a beautiful monograph on Valentino by Andre Leon Talley, Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table, just came out from Assouline.

THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran

“I always read a few lines, enough to feel better.”

Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA by Robert K. Massie

“The story of the last czar—very inspiring for my work, and very sad.”

MARIE-LAURE DE NOAILLES by Laurence Benaïm

“You cannot be in fashion and forget this charismatic patron of the arts.”

STORIA DEL CINEMA ITALIANO by Paolo Russo

“An interesting analysis of Italian movies of the “Neorealismo” movement.”

GRETA GARBO: A LIFE APART by Karen Swenson

“Interesting for the description of the struggles of an independent woman and the Hollywood system.”

THAT WOMAN: THE LIFE OF WALLIS SIMPSON, DUCHESS OF WINDSOR by Anne Sebba

“A fun and irreverent portrait of a very elegant woman, again part of my upbringing in fashion.”

THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE by Edward Gibbon

“How can I not love a book about the city I adore most in the world?”

PEOPLE LIKE US by Dominick Dunne

“One of my many favorites of Dominick’s work: He talks about people we all know and it’s fascinating.”

ANSWERED PRAYERS by Truman Capote

“The genius of the American writers and the meanest of all.”

THE BERLIN STORIES by Christopher Isherwood

“How can you forget Cabaret?”

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