Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli, in 1990, after a two-year stint with Capucci, the Fendi family called him to oversee, as Senior Designer, the new Fendissime Line. There he experimented with prêt-à-porter.

In 1995, Giambattista moved to Milan, where he had been appointed Senior Designer for Krizia womenswear by Krizia-Mariuccia Mandelli.

Two years later, in 1997, he moved to Paris, the city he adored since his teenage years, and the opportunity to combine his prêt-à-porter and Haute couture sensibilities – when he met Emanuel Ungaro.

He headed the design studio alongside the master until 2001, when the management appointed him Creative Director for the prêt-à-porter, the Ungaro Fever line, the accessories and licenses. A few years later, Giambattista launched his own collection and in March 2005 held his first solo show in Paris.


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