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: The name Valentino has been synonymous with high fashion for almost fifty years. Based in Rome, Valentino is only one of two couture houses recognized by the French government outside of Paris. His exquisite designs are coveted and worn by young Hollywood and high society the world over. On the occasion of his last couture collection, presented in Paris in the spring of 2008, this landmark book celebrates forty-five years of Valentinoâs remarkable career. Published in association with a prestigious exhibition at the MuseÃ© des Arts Decoratifsâs famed costume department in Paris, this volume focuses on Valentinoâs haute couture creations, highlighting the most important and iconic creations of his half-century in fashion through recurring themes in Valentinoâs workâvariations on the ideas of volume, line, and texture as well as motifs such as geometry, pleats, and flowersâthrough new photography, sketches, fabric samples, and commentary on the dresses by Valentino himself. In addition, unprecedented photography by FranÃ§ois Halard of Valentinoâs last fittings and backstage of his runway show reveals Valentinoâs private world for the first time. "Valentino On Valentino," a chapter of first-person accounts of the designs of these iconic dresses, along with Valentinoâs commentary on his fashion, will make this publication unique in the study of Valentino as a cultural and artistic icon.