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Schön 1966, Valentino 1980, Chanel 1980

From left: Mila Schön (1966): dress entirely embroidered with silver and black sequins; Boutique Valentino (1980s): black silk dress with ivory silk bodice finished with stitching; Chanel (1980s): red taffeta dress.
Donated by Gioia Marchi Falck.

Dress photos

Garavani Valentino

Valentino became interested in fashion while in primary school in his native Voghera, Lombardy, northern Italy, when he apprenticed under his aunt Rosa and local designer Ernestina Salvadeo, an aunt of noted artist Aldo Giorgini. Valentino then moved to Paris to pursue this interest with the help of his mother Teresa de Biaggi and his father Mauro Garavani. There he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. His first choice for an apprenticeship, ...