One of the newer fashion houses, Valentino was founded in Rome in the 1960s by Valentino Garavani. By the end of its first decade of existence, famous customers already included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Margaret.
The brand continued to rise before Garavani and his 'associate' Giancarlo Giammetti sold the company in the late 1990s, and although officially retired, both are known for their love of luxury, partying and art, owning many chateaux around the world and much important modern art by artists such as Cy Twombly, Picasso, Warhol and Damien Hirst.
Indeed excess mixed with impeccable good taste seem to be the brand's strong points. It is said that when Valentino goes to the airport to use his private jet, three cars are needed: one for him, one for his luggage and one to transport his numerous dogs. Now THAT's style!
The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), is one of the world's largest art fair for contemporary artists, gallery owners and dealers.
The FIAC brings together 180 international galleries at three sites on Paris’s right bank.
FIAC has solidified its position in the art world in recent years, bringing together a high-profile mix of contemporary art collectors, museum curators and international dealers, and winning international recognition.
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