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Famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani has dressed some of the most gorgeous women alive (including Sophia Loren, Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry) in some of the most spectacular frocks ever created. Upon his retirement, Val and his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, realized they wanted a museum where people could see this masterly work up close, but they wanted to make it accessible to all.
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Hence, the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum was born, providing access to more than 300 dresses from his 49-year career, interview excerpts, press clippings, celebrity photos, an astounding 180 videos from various fashion shows and more, all free of charge. “It’s a direct way to reach the people,” Garavani says of the interactive, 3-D, virtual museum, which allows users to immerse themselves in all things Valentino. “This is the future,” the notoriously tech-challenged designer added (he once had to call someone to play a DVD for him). Giammetti worked with a team in Paris for two years to create the museum — a project that grew out of post-retirement boredom. “If you think we’re going to sit on a bench in Central Park feeding the fishes, you’d better change your mind,” Giammetti says. The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum can be downloaded at www.valentino-garavani-archives.org