Valentino: The last emperor- behind the fame

The documentary movie Valentino the last emperor tells us about the daily life of the legendary fashion designer and behind the scenes story.  Beautiful gowns, skinny models, dreamy stage decoration, wealthy lives, probably these are the words left for us after viewing the film.  The film shows the most glamorous lifestyle you could ever imagine, private jet, lavish dinner and private parties, even Valentino’s five puppies can be specially treated like human being by lining up on the leather seats in the private jet. The lifestyle seems only happening in another planet. Perhaps, after watching the film, many of you want to be fashion designers when you grew up, however Rome doesn’t build in one day and success doesn’t come easily, to be a fashion designer doesn’t as simple as you saw in the film and which takes lots of efforts.

the pic sourcing from www.torybunch.com

Valentino with celebrities, models,the pic sourcing from http://www.torybunch.com

pugs, Valentino's pets, pic sourcing from www.valentinomovie.com

Pugs, Valentino's pets, pic sourcing from http://www.valentinomovie.com

In the film, it features young Valentino and how he got started. It took him 45 years to build up his fashion emperor and he started up as a couturier from the bottom line and then worked his way up to become super famous after designing the wedding dress for Jacqueline Kennedy.  It was fascinated about his strong determination and passion about fashion, coming from such a young man. He always wants to be a fashion designer and all he wants is to make beautiful for women, claimed by him in the film. He never loses sight of why he does what he does, even in the midst of the death of couture.  The documentary movie also captures some spontaneous and dramatic moments such as he couldn’t control his temper before the show and yelled at the cameraman, this also shows the perfectionism and diva side of Valentino. He simple wants to make sure that his work is resented in the best way possible.

Young Valentino, pic sourcing form TASCHEN Books

Young Valentino, pic sourcing form TASCHEN Books

Fabulous lifestyle of Valentino with models, pic sourcing from valentinomovie.com

Fabulous lifestyle of Valentino with models, pic sourcing from valentinomovie.com

The relationship between Valentino and his best friend, business partner Giancario is also at the center of the film. They’ve worked together forever and almost never been apart for each other. The complex mix of this duo had built their fashion emperor.

Valentino with Giancarlo Giammetti in Giammetti’s office at the Palazzo Mignanelli, in Rome, on May 26, 2004. Photographs by Jonathan Becker.

Valentino with Giancarlo Giammetti in Giammetti’s office at the Palazzo Mignanelli, in Rome, on May 26, 2004. Photographs by Jonathan Becker.

The film is definitely worth to watch twice in that not only it is a fresh look at Valentino as a couture designer and a behind-the –scene look at the truth of the fashion industry, it shows us the elements that are driven people succeed- simply follow your dream and keep doing it.

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