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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831722
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We'll mist up every time we pass our coffee table...Halard does an exquisite job in bringing Valentino's masterful works to the page, and Golbin...provides concise, reverential text to complement the arresting images." --LA Confidential Review

"This tome includes stunning photography of fabric samples as well as lively, backstage images of fittings minutes before models walked out onto the runway." ~Florida InsideOut Review

"Original sketches, behind-the-scenes runway images, photos of fittings, and the atelier at work, as well as his ad campaigns over the years, celebrate this legendary talent in all his glory." ~Southern Accents Review

"The remarkable 50-year career of Valentino, founder of the first couture house to be recognized by the French government outside of Paris, is given the coffee table treatment in a lavish new book..." ~Luxist.com

"The new book is a collector's item and a keepsake for every devoted fan of Valentino and the fashion industry." ~Hautemimi.com

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"This tome includes stunning photography fo fabric samples as well as lively, backstage images of fittings minutes before models walked out onto the runway."

"This tome includes stunning photography of fabric samples as well as lively, backstage images of fittings minutes before models walked out onto the runway."

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The key to any good monograph is having recent and detailed photographs of the clothing both full view and close-up, this has both.
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This is a beautiful coffee table book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eileen S. on March 6, 2009
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The photographs in this book are just spectacular, as much as they can do the clothing pieces justice. The cover photo is an example of the gorgeous detail you get in all the photos. Sumptuous feast for the eyes and a tribute to the true genious of Valentino. All 5 decades are covered from the 1960's to the millenium and beyond. Most of the pieces are featured on manequins and some by actual models. There are also some pictures of Valentino over the years, including my favorite - one with Jackie Kennedy Onassis. I will enjoy this book for years to come.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David M. on October 8, 2008
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This a great overview of Valentino and a very good exhibition catalog. The key to any good monograph is having recent and detailed photographs of the clothing both full view and close-up, this has both. The text is light and I would have liked to know more about the individual pieces. Combined with the catalog for "Valentino A Roma" an exhibition that took place at the Ara Pacis in Rome you have a full view of the mastery that is Valentino.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on March 18, 2009
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"Valentino: Themes and Variations" is a stylish,sleek introduction to one of the world's foremost haute couture designers. His couture projects a world of elegance and savoir faire. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of his runway shows, and talks about his private world--from his longtime boyfriend to the creation of his clothes. "Valentino" turns clothing,a necessary element of daily life,into works of art. There is refinement and grace. "Valentino" is a feast for the eyes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Panache, Marlene Bernardino on October 24, 2009
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A very elegant book in content and format. The colors are ravishing, the photos magnificent. All the glamour in the palm of your hands....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. bulmer on July 8, 2009
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This book is a wonderful book. Loads of beautiful pictures of Valentino's fashions along with information on his designs.

Ginnie
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chic Savage on February 9, 2009
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Unlike Ms. Goblin's "Balenciaga Paris" volume posing as it was as an exhibition catalogue, this one is a wonderful feast for the senses. Mr. Valentino has created some of the most glorious creations for genuine Women of Style and he will be missed as a force in the diminished world of Haute Couture. If you wear or admire Haute Couture, this is a must have volume for your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on February 22, 2010
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This book was what I hoped for, large images of the beautiful work done by Valentino and his crew. When I finished going through the book I found myself wishing there were even more pictures of vintage gowns. Really good coffee table book. I didn't read any of the written parts, but have really enjoyed the pictures.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Lipio on August 24, 2010
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Have always thought that one of the best reason for Valentino's success is his ability to make a couture dress lovely and yet bring out the femenine side of a woman. And in this book he is proven right and deserves all the fame he has.
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