The Last Emperor

29 May 2009

{Photos from the Spring 2008 Couture Collection, Valentino’s last, on}

Just saw Valentino: The Last Emperor with a few friends and loved it. Near the beginning of the movie he’s quoted as saying “I love beauty… it’s not my fault.” Appropriate, since this is really what the rest of the movie is all about – his absolute focus on beauty and aesthetics and his unwillingness to allow anything else into his life. It’s extravagant and funny and touching, and the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the sweat that goes into couture fashion – everything sewn by hand, a head seamstress who has worked with him for more than 30 years – are quite beautiful in their own way.

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