By  on October 15, 2012

1932: Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani is born on May 11 in Voghera, in Northern Italy, to Mauro Garavani, director of an electrical supply business, and Teresa de Biaggi.

1959: Valentino’s first couture studio opens at 11 Via Condotti in Rome. A second follows on Via Sant’Andrea in 1965.

1960: The designer meets Giancarlo Giammetti, who would become his partner.

1962: Valentino shows at the Pitti Palace in Florence. The collection is an instant hit.

1964: The house presents the collection at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Jacqueline Kennedy becomes a client.

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