Valentino Retiring

An icon of fashion, Valentino Garavani, head designer for his own fashion house based in Italy has announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Valentino became interested in fashion while in high school, and at age 17 he moved to Paris to pursue this interest. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In 1967, he premiered the Valentino White Collection, which became famous for the “V” logo he designed.

He is said to be leaving his fashion house in January 2008, but promised two more collections for October and January.

“Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that,” he said.

From Hollywood actresses, American first ladies, socialites and royalty — Valentino has dressed them all. “I am a romantic designer” he says, “I like women flirting and seducing men. The bias cut gives a certain sexiness without being too showy or too fitted.”

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