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Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer born in 1932 and founder of the Valentino brand and company.

His main lines include Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma, and R.E.D. Valentino.

He became interested in fashion while in primary school and moved to Paris to pursue this interest. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. 

His first choice for an apprenticeship, in Paris, was Jacques Fath, then Balenciaga. He then joined Guy Laroche for two years.

In 1960 Valentino left Paris and opened a fashion house in Rome on the posh Via Condotti with the backing of his father. Valentino became known for his red dresses, in the bright shade that became known in the fashion industry as "Valentino red”.

He became well know even in the US in the 1960 and in 1964 Mrs. Kennedy ordered six of Valentino haute couture dresses, all in black and white, and wore them during her year of mourning following President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

From then on, she was a devoted client and would become a friend.

Maison Valentino is controlled since 2012 by Mayhoola for Investments S.P.C., a holding company sustained by a group of private investors from Qatar.