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November 24th

Parterre - Palazzo Mezzanotte
Milan - Piazza degli Affari, 6

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Giambattista VALLI

Designer, Giambattista Valli

Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli holds a BA from Liceo as well a degree in Art.

Influenced by his city, his Roman roots, the movies of Antonioni and inspired by the discovery of French fashion through the watercolors of Yves Saint Laurent and the drawings of Gruau, Giambattista decided to pursue his dream by enrolling in fashion school, the Istituto Europeo del Design of Rome, in 1986.

In 1987 he began a foundation course in illustration at Central St. Martin's School of Arts in London.

Returning to Italy, he worked in the studio of Roberto Capucci. In his role as Capucci's assistant, he was introduced to the dramatic haute-couture clothes and the bursting colours of the Roman master.

In 1990, after a two year stint with Capucci, the Fendi family called him to oversee, as Senior Designer, the newly born Fendissime Line. There he could experiment with prêt-à-porter in the world of the young hype Roman clientele.

Travelling restlessly between collections, he filled his imagination and mind continuously with his may influences: India with Mina's songs, the New York of Halston, Antonio Lopez and Bianca Jagger, Paris with Jeanne Moreau, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Jane Birkin, Fellini's costumes, Gena Rowlands, Louise Bourgeois... He also spent time with the women of the café society who would become an important source of inspiration for the times to come.

1995 saw Giambattista move to Milan, where he had been appointed Senior Designer for Krizia womenswear by Krizia-Mariuccia Mandelli.

Two years later, in 1997, his two great dreams became a reality - moving to Paris, the city he adored since his teenage days, and the opportunity to combine his prêt-à-porter and couture sensibilities - when he met Emanuel Ungaro.

He headed the design studio alongside the master until 2001, when the management appointed him Creative Director for the prêt-à-porter, the Ungaro Fever line, the accessories and licenses.

A few years later, Giambattista felt ready to launch his own collection and in March 2005 held his first solo show in Paris. Giambattista Valli was thus born.

Produced by Gilmar, Giambattista shows twice a year during Paris Fashion Week. He also designs an eponymous line of accessories (shoes ans bags) and has recently signed a deal with Italian top fur maker Ciwifurs for his own fur line of coats and jackets and another one with the oldest sporting jackets manufacturer, Moncler.

He has more than 220 selling points in 45 countries worlwide.

A very international, glamorous, sophisticated crowd of young, beautiful women have rapidly endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes. Among them the likes of Penelope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Tilda Swinton, royals like Her Majesty Rania of Jordan or young swans Tatiana Santo Domingo, Chiara and Nina Clemente, Eugenie Niarchos, Coco and Bianca Brandolini d'Adda.