|Born||June 27, 1966|
|Known for||Shows four times a year during Paris Fashion Week|
Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli completed studies at a liceo (an Italian secondary school) and then earned a degree in art. In 1987 he began a foundation course in illustration at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Roman born Giambattista Valli launched his eponymous brand in 2005, heralding his first ready-to-wear show in Paris where he had moved from Italy to realise his everlasting dream of creating a true “Maison”, after experiences at Roberto Capucci, Fendi and as Creative Director of Emanuel Ungaro.
The Maison’s headquarters were established in a historic building located on Rue Boissy d'Anglas which also houses its main store entirely dedicated to ready-to-wear collections, leather goods and accessories including shoes, bags and jewelry.
In July 2011 Giambattista Valli showed his first Couture collection and was accepted as an Official Member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
The launch of Giamba – a new, younger sister ready-to-wear line – followed in 2014.
From 2008 to 2017 Giambattista Valli was Creative Director of Moncler Gamme Rouge, building a new language of refined activewear for the brand and expanding the horizons for the use of women’s puffer jackets.
Giambattista Valli, a leading and established name in the worldwide fashion scene, brought a new approach and meaning to luxury and beauty that attracted a universe of a young, modern and international generation of highly glamorous and sophisticated women from around the globe and has been praised by celebrities and fashion lovers, earning him a Star Honoree Award from Fashion Group International in 2011 in New York and Best Designer of the Year Awards from Elle China in 2013 and from Marie Claire Spain in 2015.
Owned by Giambattista Valli with a minority shareholding by Artemis (Pinault’s family investment group) the brand has flagship stores in Paris, London, Milan, Saint Tropez, Doha, Seoul and Beijing and is internationally distributed with more than 245 selling points.
His narrative is about a love story, shared with dreamers and lovers with a common philosophy: ageless, timeless, effortless.
He is due to release a capsule collection with H&M on the 7/11/2019 and states that Haute Couture Fashion should be available to all.
His designs have been worn by actresses, models, and royalty including Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Ariana Grande, Penélope Cruz, Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Campbell, Mary Kate Olsen, Doutzen Kroes, Iman, Queen Rania of Jordan, Sofia Carson Jelena Karleuša and Princess Clotilde Courau. He shows both ready-to-wear and haute couture collections semiannually in Paris. He is one of the few non-French designers granted membership into the historic Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture.
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