Inside the house of Valentino: a love affair with Rome

A new coffee-table book takes the reader through the Italian fashion house’s creative process

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 August, 2015, 10:03am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 August, 2015, 10:03am


Since 2008, Italian fashion house Valentino has been anchored by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the pair moving the house forward with their contemporary feminine designs.

In September a new book,  Valentino: Mirabilia Romae, takes a peek inside the house. Its 400 beautifully designed pages are complemented by 300 illustrations and an introduction by art curator  Francesco Bonami and original photography by Laziz Hamani.

One of Chiuri and Piccioli’s most profound inspirations is Rome, the city’s seamless blend of ancient and modern, pagan and baroque, historic buildings and contemporary lifestyle reflecting their distinctive approach in which heritage, tradition, and innovation coexist.

“We cannot imagine a world without Rome. And we cannot imagine Rome without Valentino,” write Chiuri and Piccioli.

Bonami brings readers into Chiuri and Piccioli’s extraordinary world, revealing their vision of the Valentino woman, exploring what fuels their passion and creativity, and explaining their impact on fashion.

Hamani’s images include spectacular inspiration boards created for every collection and intricate paper patterns constructed for each couture gown, all carefully preserved in the house archives.

The book will be available for purchase at Valentino boutiques worldwide, Assouline boutiques worldwide and through