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"1959 Having completed his fashion studies and an apprenticeship with Jean Desses and Guy Laroche, Valentino starts up his first studio in Rome.
1962 His first collection at the international fashion Gotha in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, is a triumphant success
1965 Valentino is recognized as the top name in Italian Haute Couture
1967 He is awarded the Neiman Marcus Prize in Dallas (the equivalent of an Oscar in the world of Fashion)
1969 Begins his Boutique line of clothes and opens the first Valentino shop in Milan
1970 Launch of his first Ready-to-Wear collections Opening of Valentino boutiques in Rome and New York
1978 Launch of the Valentino perfume at a gala evening in Paris, at the TheČtre des Champs Elysees
1982 Publication of the book ""Valentino"", edited by Franco Maria Ricci 20 September, Valentino presents his Autumn/Winter collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York
1986 Receives the highest decoration possible in Italy, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, from the President
1994 In January, Valentino presents his first ever costume designs at the Eisenhower Theatre in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Center, Washington, for an opera entitled ""The Dream of Valentino"", based on the life of the movie star Rudolf Valentino
1998 The House of Valentino is bought by LVMH group
2004 launch of V perfume which will be followed by V for men
2006 President Chirac awards Valentino of the legion d'Honneur"