Valentino studied fashion design from a young age, completing his formal training in Paris and starting his own line in Rome in 1959.


By the mid-1960s, Valentino was a favorite designer of the world's best-dressed women, including Jacqueline Kennedy. Among his signatures is a particular fabric shade, known as "Valentino red."

In his early shows, Valentino quickly gained recognition for his red dresses, in a shade that became widely known as "Valentino red."