Assouline presents “VALENTINO: At the Emperor’s Table”, a stunning visual and written account that enters the world of famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani, the emperor not only of fashion but also of l’art de vivre. As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, “Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world.” Beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino. “I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” Though beyond the tangible objets d’art housed in each of his residences, Valentino’s excellence as a host is defined by the warmth and joy he creates for his guests.
At the Emperor’s Table is an invitation into his refined world of graceful and cultured living. The remarkable collection of table settings and objets d’art housed in his five residences, in Gstaad, London, Rome, New York, and Paris, as well as on his yacht, evoke the grandeur in which he lives and are presented in this first-ever edition with photographs by Oberto Gili. Recipes by Mr. Garavani’s personal chefs are also included and bring readers one step closer to discovering his extraordinary surroundings.
“If they had told me once that I’d be putting recipes in a book, I would have said, ‘No, this is too much,’” Valentino Garavani declares.
About the author: André Leon Talley is a Vogue contributing editor and the magazine’s former American editor-at-large. In 2014, he was named Artistic Director of Zappos Couture, and has been on the Board of Trustee’s of Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, since 2000. He has written several monographs, including a limited edition book on Valentino for Franco Maria Ricci, Valentino (1982), a memoir, A. L. T.: André Leon Talley (2003), and Little Black Dress (2013).