Pierpaolo Piccioli has sent Valentino Garavani a thoughtful message to mark his 87th birthday.
The fashion designer, who has served as sole creative director of the Italian house since 2016, took to Instagram on Monday to celebrate the fashion icon’s big day.
Alongside a photo of the pair laughing at an event, Piccioli reflected on some of the conversations he has had with Garavani over the years.
“Everyone knows the greatness and the beauty of his work. I was lucky enough to get to know a little more, I had the chance to work with him and to learn from him the secrets of our job but also the man that stands behind his work. I remember, during the endless wait for the fittings, where models had to be already perfect with hair and make-up, he would patiently answer to all of my questions. I wanted to know everything about the stories you could read on (in) books but that he actually lived,” he wrote. “I wanted to know about Bianca Jagger entering the Studio 54 riding a horse, about Mr. Halston’s fabulous apartment, about Jackie O, Nan Kempner and Uptown ’80s, Dalma (Callado) or Linda (Evangelista) and the little human stories behind the iconicity of those moments.”
Piccioli went on to thank Garavani for providing him with so much guidance and support over the course of his career at the luxury label.
“I discovered a man with an amazing sense of humour and a never predictable and very individual point of view,” the designer gushed. “The most important thing that he taught me, as a man and a Maestro, was that even if the world goes somewhere else, you should firmly stand by your ideas and intuition. Grazie Mr Valentino, and Happy Birthday!”
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