Have you ever played the fantasy dinner party game? The one where you hypothetically get the chance to fill your seats with whoever you fancy, past or present. You might dream about inviting a world leader, a silver screen icon or a great thinker. While us mere mortals enjoy the fun that comes with these imaginary dinner party scenarios, one man who hardly has to dream up his is Valentino Garavani – one of fashion’s most loved figures. With the release of his new book At The Emperor’s Table – a stunning monograph of the designer’s private hosting career, published by Assouline – Valentino proves that he’s not just a master of the catwalk.
In his introduction, André Leon Talley writes, “Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world.”