Valentino: At the Emperor's Table
As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, “Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world.”
Beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino. “I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” Though beyond the tangible objets d’art housed in each of his residences, Valentino’s excellence as a host is defined by the warmth and joy he creates for his guests.
“When you enter his world, you enter the world of luxury; you enter a rare and opulent, yet warm space,” adds Talley. The atmosphere evokes the “joy of sharing, and the joy of delivering a magnificent dining experience in a setting of wonder and originality; sharing with family, friends and guests; sharing good conversation that is quite often animated; and sharing beautiful flowers, especially from Valentino’s own gardens,” he continues in his introduction.
About the Author:
André Leon Talley is a Vogue contributing editor and the magazine’s former American editor-at-large. In 2014, he was named Artistic Director of Zappos Couture, and has been on the Board of Trustee’s of Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, since 2000. He has written several monographs, including a limited edition book on Valentino for Franco Maria Ricci, Valentino (1982), a memoir, A. L. T.: André Leon Talley (2003), and Little Black Dress (2013).
Oberto Gili began taking photographs at an early age, but the idea to be a photographer was planted in his head when he saw the film Blow-Up, by Michaelangelo Antonioni. In the early 70s, he moved to London to work as an assistant to Michael Joseph, after which he moved to Milan to work for L’Esperto. He has been traveling the world taking pictures ever since. Gili has worked for Condé Nast, New York Magazine, and The Washington Post Magazine.
- 240 pages
- 80 illustrations
- English language
- Released in November 2014
- W 10.86 x L 14.25 x D 1.61 in
- Hardcover in a Luxury Slipcase