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October 22th 2013 / Monaco, Monaco / Ilia Sybil



A coffee-table book is being published this month on the designer, who started his signature label only in 2005 and became a couturier two years ago. What makes the idea appealing is the personality and hard work of Mr Valli himself, regardless of his short time as a ‘’couturier” in the house of G. Valli, which he himself has founded. At the age of 46 he has managed to build a reputation as a ‘’fine’’ couturier, inspired by the ‘’alta moda’’ of Italy, yet showing his elaborate collections in Paris. His work echoes influences from Italian designer Roberto Capucci, owner of the maison where young Valli started working. Known for a flamboyant use of cloth, Capucci’s work became a great influence for the aspiring designer - with all the heavy adornment he used, plus the sculpting and shaping of fabric so as to flatter the body: a notion of fashion that Mr Valli would religiously follow in his personal career as a young couturier.


Not having inherited a strong brand name such as ‘’Chanel’’ or ‘’Dior,’’ he pursued his idea of founding one that bears his name. The House of Valli was founded in 2004: its headquarters are in the former home of the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, another Italian exile in Paris. By now he proved that he’s cut for haute couture, having a clientele that varies, from young Greek shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos and socialite Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis to Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy's sister.


As for the book that showcases his work, he states: “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to get naked. I didn’t want to show only the facade but to invite the reader into the most private side of my profession», adding: “This is not an egocentric kind of book. This is simply my method that I wanted to share with other people.’’


We are happy to share his vision: a vision of a true, modern couturier, his method and his approach to creating chic, flamboyant clothes that are meant to make women look fabulous.

’Giambattista Valli’’ is published by Rizzoli, priced £60


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