Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wendy's Films of 2010 #63: Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

You're probably wondering what a picture of ugly cute dogs has to do with a review related to one of the most prolific and recognized fashion designers of our time. But these furry little buggers are an essential part of this film about a man who's passion is for making women feel beautiful. The film is a small insight into the mind and life of Valentino Garavani; how he lives; how he designs; how he interacts with other people, and those smaller parts of life like the dogs that seem to follow him wherever he goes. His relationship with partner and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti is displayed with limited emotion, and yet comes across as one of great passion. This intense, restrained passion also comes out in the stunning creations he makes. His dresses are the focus of the film, each scene seems to revolve around them, and the detail and imagination with which he creates each gown is an insight into the mind of this fashion legend. Definitely one to check out if you're at all interested in fashion.

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