The film travels inside the singular world of one of Italy’s most famous fashion designers, Valentino Garavani, documenting the colourful and dramatic closing act of his celebrated career and capturing the end of an era in global fashion. However, at the heart of the film is a love story – the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti. Capturing intimate moments in the lives of two of Italy’s richest and most famous men, the film lifts the curtain on the final act of a nearly 50-year reign at the top of the glamorous and fiercely competitive world of fashion.

We look at haute couture as business: the film documents a year of work, shows, business changes, and decisions. We follow a creation from sketch to runway: Valentino is always in pursuit of beauty.

Well made and offering a good balance of celebrity and artist. I especially enjoyed the moodiness of the great artist, his whims and flamboyancy. They certainly don’t make them like that anymore. More about the man – or mystery – than the clothes.

USA 2015, 96 min, rated PG (adult themes)
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

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