One of the more ill-considered first questions I’ve asked in an interview: “You’ve been working nonstop for five decades. What is it like for you to be a retiree?”
His response to my question was testy and telling:
“I am not some old man retiring. I moved in a new direction. I didn’t want to work the schedule of fashion, one that is hectic and heavy. And I have the right to do what I want.”
Yes you do.
Please don’t hang up on me.
Part of Garavani’s new direction has been an acknowledgement of the old. A year after opening design archives at his Paris-area chateau, he will launch a virtual museum on December 5.
will include 300 iconic dresses from over 50 years of Valentino’s career as a designer, including Julia Roberts’s 2001 Oscars look and Jacqueline Kennedy’s couture wedding dress, among others, all showcased in 3-D, animated galleries alongside sketches and design notes. The museum will also include an extensive media library of the fashion house’s illustrations, ad campaigns, editorials, red carpet images, and 95 fashion show videos. Should the contents be physically displayed somewhere, 107,500 square feet of space would be needed.
Valentino told New York that he sees the web site as part of his legacy. It is “important to remember things of the past,” he said, “to review the fashion that has shaped our lives. I would call it ‘Future Memory.'”