Despite their strong connection with the city of Rome, it was only fitting that WWD’s interview with Valentino’s creative directors took place during the Venice Film Festival and the city’s Architecture Biennale exhibition.
While more press shy and reserved than house founder Valentino Garavani, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli continue to dress Hollywood A-listers — many of whom walk the red carpet at the Venice Lido — and count the Architecture Biennale’s president, David Chipperfield, among their friends. Their conversation is peppered with references to Chipperfield, who designed their new — and first — store concept. In particular, they often cite the title the architect chose for the Biennale: “Common Ground.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"