Valentino, birthname Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (No wonder he dropped the other three names!) was born in Voghera, Italy May 11, 1932. Drawn to fashion design from a young age, he completed his formal training in Paris at École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, while also apprenticing under local designers that included his aunt Rosa and the salons of Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche. After completing his education, Valentino returned to Italy to start his own line in Rome, as aforementioned, in 1959. The following year, he met Giancarlo Giammetti in Rome, an introduction that would change his life forever.