With 45 years of evening extravagance "Impeccable", is the word—perhaps the one Valentino owns, above all other designers! In the masterpiece retrospective - VALENTINO: Themes and Variations by Pamela Golbin (Rizzoli New York, 2008) we get a priceless insight on his collections of that were seemingly effortless, luxe, calme, et volupté that it made the thought of a world without Valentino unlikely—no, make that impossible.
The book isn't just a retrospective, but the essence of Haute Couture- the Valentino way with double-faced coats , little luncheon suits, the fragile beaded chiffon, the cocktail sheaths, the love of lace, flower prints, and succulent satin bows; the magical draping; the manner in which he can cut a column ; arranged an asymmetric shoulder strap just so and his ultimate contribution to fashion: the gorgeous Red Gowns. Creating standout moments over 45 years that were both relevant to fashion of the past & present that's timelessly gorgeous.
Pamela Golbin showcased his remarkable career with such savoir-faire you will not want to put the book down! She thoroughly explores one of the last masters of couture who knows what draping is all about. Valentino can whip silk chiffon around a bod and into flying panels, quivery ripples, and filmy, flippy hemlines like no one else. And his finesse with beading on tulle—makes others' attempts look coarse by comparison. His technical wizardry & recurring motifs - the variations on the ideas of lines, volume, surface, pleats, florals & geometry was captured through sketches, editorial images & exceptional photography from François Halard encompasses Valentino's legacy (past, present & future) .
Opulence is an understatement when it comes to Valentino's mastery of classic couture embellishments—from embroidery to fur and feather trims—the expertise of the atelier truly is mesmerizing (I was speechless in the effect called "pages" layers of organza that fluttered like a stack of tissue paper as they moved around the hem of a skirt or the shoulders of a cap - just breathtaking). With this immaculate jem of a book it's now possible to see how someone with Valentino's enviable array of skills has accomplished what few can only dream about!