Valentino Garavani has been passionate about fashion ever since he could remember. In order to pursue this passion, he enrolled in institutions located in both Italy and France to study fashion. While in France, Valentino won a design competition that jump started his career at the French couture house of Jean Dessès. His experiences in French couture inspired him to return to Italy to launch his very own collection. After Cleopatra star Elizabeth Taylor spotted a white Valentino dress and ordered it to wear to the premiere of Spartacus, Valentino teamed up with student architect Giancarlo Giametti to officially introduce the Maison Valentino to the fashion world. Since its founding, the Maison’s combination of tradition and innovation has expanded beyond chic clothes into sophisticated accessories including shoes, eyewear, and bags.