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Princesse Luciana Pignatelli wearing a ultrawide-legged black and white silk jumpsuit by Valentino, photo by Henry Clarke, 1966.
Known simply by his first name, Valentino Garavani is one of Italy's finest exports. Universally admired for his exquisite couture creations and romantic red carpet gowns, he is now in his eighties and retired from his eponymous label but remains a significant figure in the fashion world.

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born on May 11, 1932 in Lombardy, northern Italy.
In 1949, at the age of 17, he moved to Paris to pursue his interest in fashion and study at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
When he finished studying he became an apprentice at Jean Dessès where he sketched every moment he could - these early illustrations carved out his signature elaborate aesthetic.
After five years he enjoyed a brief spell at his friend Guy Laroche's small fashion house before returning home to Italy to set up his eponymous label with help from his parents in Rome.
Valentino brought with him to Rome the grandeur that he had experienced firsthand in Paris, establishing a reputation among the elite of the Dolce Vita.
In 1960 he met Giancarlo Giammetti and formed a long-standing relationship that would last until the present day - shortly afterwards Giammetti became Valentino's business partner.
In 1962 he showed a couture collection at the Pitti Palace in Florence for the first time to critical acclaim. This was seen as his breakthrough and he soon became the go-to for dressing the glitterati.
Having established himself as the top designer in Italian haute couture, in 1967 he was awarded the prestigious Neiman Marcus Award for his infamous 'no-colour collection' for which he bucked the trend for decadent colour palettes, opting instead for beige, white, and ivory hues. It was this collection that saw the ubiquitous 'V' become his trademark.
The same year, he designed the dress that Jackie Kennedy wore to marry Aristotle Onassis. Jackie O, as she became known, was a loyal customer and friend to Valentino.
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User Image jpnoblejr Posted: Feb 23, 2018 6:02 AM (UTC)

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Via @julienbaulu Heading South 💃🏻👒❤️ ☀️ "Soir charme. C'est le sombrero du ganadero, ou plutôt de la belle Andalouse que l'on voit caracolant à la Féria. Mis à l'heure du charme, Il est en satin noir, demande chignon bas et profil pur. Une large bride le maintient sur la nuque, se noue sur le côté et retient une rose couleur shocking, Cecile Billard". 🌹Photo by Henry Clarke - Jardin des Modes August 1963 from my magazines collection.🌹 ☀️ 💃🏻 #sombrero #cordobes #cordobesa #sombrerocordobes #hat #headwear #headpiece #chapeau #cordoba #andalucia #andaluza #chignon #henryclarke #jardindesmodes #cecillebillard #milliner #millinery #fashionphotography #fashionhistory #histoiredelamode #1960sfashion #vintagefashion #sixties #sixtiesfashion #fabricflower #vintagehat #vintagemagazine #retrofashion
User Image jpnoblejr Posted: Feb 23, 2018 5:57 AM (UTC)

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Via @julienbaulu Benedetta Barzini and Mirella Petteni in Valentino Delft porcelain printed dress photographed by Henry Clarke in the gorgeous Palazzo Borghese apartment of Signora Agnese Bruguier - Vogue September 15 1968 from my collection. 💙
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"The Delft porcelain showstoppers of Valentino's collection, sensational in their silk luxuriousness as they enter and sweep across the great baroque rooms of Bernini's world. Both in Taroni heavy silk." 💙
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User Image vintage_portraits Posted: Feb 22, 2018 5:53 PM (UTC)

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Sending you all love on this Thursday 💕Barbara Mullen wearing a hat by Gilbert Orcel. Photo by Henry Clarke ca.1956.
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Anne Sainte-Marie is wearing egret-feathered hat by Christian Dior, photo by Henry Clarke, 1955.
“I consider that without hats, an intrinsic part of fashion, we would have no civilization”, said once Christian Dior.
But.... how to wear a hat? With aplomb, knowing you are absolutely right. Rules are yesterday. How you wear your hair, your size, how you feel at the moment, are what count. Perhaps the only "rule" to consider is that of proportion. A large hat balances a narrow outfit or it's opposite, a skirt on the scale of Miss Scarlett's hoopskirt. A small hat is fine with both the narrow and the billowing silhouette. A hat with a brim is worn straight on the head, unless you're under ten.
But you may find, for instance, that if you're small, a big hat isn't wrong:It makes you look devastatingly fragile. If you're tall, a high crowned hat may only make you more majestic. One of the greatest enemies to hat~wearing is self-consciousness. Stand tall...
~Taken from The Romance of Hats.
#annesaintemarie #annestmarie #hat #christiandior #henryclarke #photographer #feathers #1955 #50s #fashiontips #historyoffashion #fashiongram
User Image julen_m_a Posted: Feb 21, 2018 7:01 PM (UTC)
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When in Rome...
❤️ Model Veruschka in a legendary Valentino red dress ❤️
✨ Photographed by Henry Clarke at Countess Volpi di Misurata's Palazzo.
✨ Vogue Italia September 1965 from my collection.
'Valentino - Crespo e piume. Abito semplice come una colonna romana. La scollatura dà l'avvio a un lungo drappeggio. È rosso come il mantello
ricoperto di ricami e di piume. Crespo di Forneris.'
@vogueitalia @maisonvalentino @realmrvalentino #valentino #valentinogaravani #vintagevalentino #vogue #vogueitalia #vogueitaly #italianvogue #henryclarke #veruschka #veravonlehndorff #fashion #fashionhistory #retro #vintage #vintagefashion #beauty #instafashion #fashionphotography #fashionphotographer #1960sfashion #60sfashion #model #supermodel #madeinitaly #elegance #altamoda #valentinored #travel #roma #rome
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When in Rome...
🦄🌊 Mirella Petteni in Valentino 🐬🌊
✨ Photographed by Henry Clarke at the Fontana di Trevi.
✨ Paris Vogue March 1966 from my collection.
'Devant la Fontana di Trevi à Rome, pyjama et manteau de Valentino, en coton à dessins girafe de Forneris; la blouse, en jersey de coton marron, laisse le ventre nu. Bijoux Coppola e Toppo.'
@vogueparis @maisonvalentino @realmrvalentino #valentino #valentinogaravani #vintagevalentino #vogue #vogueparis #parisvogue #frenchvogue #henryclarke #mirellapetteni #fashion #fashionhistory #retro #vintage #vintagefashion #beauty #instafashion #fashionphotography #fashionphotographer #white #1960sfashion #60sfashion #model #supermodel #madeinitaly #fontanaditrevi #altamoda #elegance #travel #rome #roma
Anne Sainte-Marie is wearing egret-feathered hat by Christian Dior, photo by Henry Clarke, 1955.
“I consider that without hats, an intrinsic part of fashion, we would have no civilization”, said once Christian Dior.
But.... how to wear a hat? With aplomb, knowing you are absolutely right. Rules are yesterday. How you wear your hair, your size, how you feel at the moment, are what count. Perhaps the only "rule" to consider is that of proportion. A large hat balances a narrow outfit or it's opposite, a skirt on the scale of Miss Scarlett's hoopskirt. A small hat is fine with both the narrow and the billowing silhouette. A hat with a brim is worn straight on the head, unless you're under ten.
But you may find, for instance, that if you're small, a big hat isn't wrong:It makes you look devastatingly fragile. If you're tall, a high crowned hat may only make you more majestic. One of the greatest enemies to hat~wearing is self-consciousness. Stand tall...
~Taken from The Romance of Hats.
#annesaintemarie #annestmarie #hat #christiandior #henryclarke #photographer #feathers #1955 #50s #fashiontips #historyoffashion #fashiongram
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Two guests of the Marquis de Cuevas at the Goya Ball held in Biarritz in 1950. Photo by #henryclarke #goyaball #costumeball #marquisdecuevas
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Ok hari ni hari penat pikir . Rihat jap .nak kurangkan beban kat kepala 😂. Midnite sambung balik. Layan retro . #Repost @vogue_vintage (@get_repost)
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Фото: Генри Кларк, 1960 г.
Photo by Henry Clarke, 1960.
#vintage #retro #fashion #60s #henryclarke #винтаж #ретро #мода #60е
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🐥🌼 painting by #CleveGray, drawing by #JackYoungerman, interior design by #BillyBaldwin (La Fiorentina) photo by #henryclarke
User Image jadedjournalista Posted: Feb 18, 2018 3:35 PM (UTC)

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“Bound for Hawaii” (1934, on the Lurline) #EdwardSteichen
🚢By the 1930s ocean liners epitomized modernity and were floating cities of style. Noted industrial designers created panels and furniture for emblematic ships like the Normandie, fashion houses launched cruise collections, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue enlisted graphic artists and photographers like Steichen, Toni Frissell and Henry Clarke to chronicle life on board (column at link in bio)

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