As I’m tried to compose myself to write these papers for my two current classes Quantitative Business Methods and Global Management and Leadership I watched Valentino The Last Emperor.
As I watched the thing that stood out to me the most was the way his long time lover of 45 years went out of his way to make everything perfect for Valentino. I loved the way Valentino took the things he said to heart and decided to make changes at the last moment simply because his lover made simple comments about how things looked. It reminded me of my life and my lover! Although Valentino was the artist, his lover’s opinion made all the difference. As Drake says, “What’s a star when his biggest fan is missing?”.
Besides the fact that I thought the movie was a divine love story ending with Valentino’s lover throwing him the largest celebration to display his 45 years of artistry; I thought it was a sad story of how big business had taken over the artistry of the fashion industry. I hate how the business aspect has had such an influence over how artist make history. Valentino is one of the greatest artist to create during my life and can never be replaced. I think when a company, especially a fashion starts to be divided up by shares the shareholders should do almost everything they can to please and accommodate the artist. Especially the greats like Valentino whom have built the company in which they are to profit from. Which didn’t happen in Valentino’s case and resulted in his retirement.
During the 45th Anniversary Celebration the wall of dresses and the main entry way that was lined in dresses almost brought me to tears. To see the culmination of his life’s work displayed in this gallery was so moving, it was amazing to see his greatness defy time! To be able to remain innovative and fashion forward for 45 years is beyond believable.
Valentino is indeed…The Last Emperor!