Must Read: Valentino Mirabilia Romae

“We cannot imagine a world without Rome as much as we cannot imagine a Rome without Valentino,” the brand’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli wrote in “Valentino: Mirabilia Romae”, a stunning 400-page coffee table book looking into what drives the duo in their creative process.

Filled with rich imagery of the buildings, artwork, fabric, and women that inspire their designs, this hardcover curated by Francesco Bonami offers an insight into the world behind their passion and vision, along with the tremendous impact they’ve had on the famed label.

With original photographs by Laziz Hamani, the publication blends never-before-seen shots of the paper patterns and inspiration boards used to sew together the DNA of a dress alongside close-up shots of the intricate embroidery of now-archived designs. The oversized pages also feature timeless campaign images as well as photographs of the house’s inner circle and its favorite muses.

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