“Opera speaks about Italy and Italian values — something with emotion that goes out to the world,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, the co-designer of Valentino, as she stood beside a Roman legion of models, their hair wrapped in studded leather straps, wearing sweeping robes or short centurion-style dresses. For although Ms. Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli had been first inspired by grand opera in Rome, they reached out to other countries, particularly Africa. The workmanship of the Valentino Garavani (as it is now called) atelier can also create folkloric handwork to couture standards, like the delicate panels inserted in long skirts.  (x)
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“Opera speaks about Italy and Italian values — something with emotion that goes out to the world,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, the co-designer of Valentino, as she stood beside a Roman legion of models, their hair wrapped in studded leather straps, wearing sweeping robes or short centurion-style dresses. For although Ms. Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli had been first inspired by grand opera in Rome, they reached out to other countries, particularly Africa. The workmanship of the Valentino Garavani (as it is now called) atelier can also create folkloric handwork to couture standards, like the delicate panels inserted in long skirts.  (x)

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