Here are few examples of Valentina’s sources of inspiration. Valentina, American couture and the Cult of Celebrity, famous for her extravagant statements, like this one:
“while Mainbocher unquestionably made the Duchess of Windsor look like a lady; for the same price, I could look her like a queen.”
I also have to mention Harold Koda’s foreword to the book about Valentina.
“From a business perspective, her contemporaries Norell and Mainbocher did not even begin to approach her success, and only Chanel can be seen as an equal in her faculty for self-invention and promotion. Finally, a woman who combined the aphoristic wit of Chanel, the technical virtuosity of Vionnet, the dramatic theatricality of Adrian, and the pragmatism of McCardell, is being given her due.”
Jean Fouquet, Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels, showing Charles VII’s mistress Agnès Sorel (c.1450)
Rosalind Russell in Valentina’s dress
Gerard David, “The Annunciation, Detail”
Tom Ford in his beautiful movie “A single man” uses a lot of yellow and gold colors. “A single man” is the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a middle-aged English college professor living in Los Angeles, which takes place over the course of a single day. George Falconer lost his boyfriend, he is in pain for several months and one day he decides to commit suicide.
Laetitia Casta. Guess adds.
There exist many stylist opinions on essential items of your wardrobe. However, everybody would agree there is no universal minimal wardrobe due to different climate zones, cultures, professions, types of bodies, age of people and many other factors. Having said so, I still want to discuss the basics of a minimalist wardrobe in our quickly developing world. I mean the basics of the basics.
What if you live in jeans?