Never let it be said that Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani fails to make an impression. The designer that the fashion world has come to know simply as Valentino is set to retire after his January 2008 couture show. But during his fall 2001 show, Valentino celebrated his 40th year in the fashion industry by creating a collection that celebrated the individual.
Indeed, in his Fall 2001 program notes, Valentino stated that he is “…inspired by clothes that are worn not because they are in fashion, but because they make women feel unique and confident.”
Perhaps that’s why the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Merle Oberon and others wore his pieces as if they were the only women that could ever wear what he designed for them. Imitations of his dresses for the stars would come and go, but the individual original pieces could only be worn by their owners.
His 2001 collection was as much a statement for the time as it was for the future. Rummaging through the that season’s photos can paint the picture of the man and his creative thought and focus on the individual. The collection could be worn today as if it were created for this time. Nothing is dated. Everything is apropos for this generation and will most likely be the same 20 years from now.
From the evening gowns to the pinstripe trousers and everything in between (the georgette shirts are a particular favorite). Valentino’s Fall 2001 collection celebrated 40 his 40 years in the business and of making women beautiful.
view the complete Fall 2001 collection here (style.com)