Giambattista Valli Spring 2023 Couture
Giambattista Valli on Emotion, Beauty & His Muse
To speak with Giambattista Valli is to speak to a man of eloquence and intellect. Just as the couturier stitches with exacting precision, Mr. Valli explains his process with erudite clarity. Emotion is what guides the Giambattista Valli design process. It manifests as sublime, romantic embroideries and embellishment, juxtaposed with strong contouring and silhouettes – the complexity and beauty of modern womanhood, interpreted through fabric. In an exclusive interview with Harrods, the designer explains his process and reveals why his customer is so paramount to the final collections.
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How would you describe the Giambattista Valli aesthetic?
The Giambattista Valli aesthetic is about beauty. Beauty can be everything: it can be a gesture; it can be the body contours of a woman; it can be the textures that I use for the dresses. It’s really a conversation between me and the person who is going to wear the clothes.
What motivates you in design?
I’m definitely somebody who wants to dress people in happy times. So everything has to be emotional. It’s emotional during the process, it’s emotional when I’m sketching the first silhouettes, it’s emotional when I start to look at the colours and textures, and it’s emotional at the atelier when it comes to life. Everything is about emotions – the final emotions are really in the stitches of the dresses. My biggest muse is my curiosity. She drives me everywhere.
How important is the woman you design for?
I create clothes that come to life only through the final interpretation and personality of the person who is going to wear them. A dress is like an empty apartment. When somebody lives in it, that becomes the personality of the apartment – so that is the personality of the dress. It’s somebody bringing to life one of my creations.
Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2023