Fashion designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born on May 11, 1932 in Voghera, Italy. He began working in the fashion industry at a young age, apprenticing under local designers including his aunt Rosa. After completing his formal training in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Valentino started his own line in Rome in 1959. By the mid 1960s, Valentino was a favorite designer of the world's best-dressed women, including Jacqueline Kennedy.