Pierpaolo Piccioli explored Italian heritage with Valentino's Beijing couture show

Pierpaolo Piccioli

Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted to fuse his Italian heritage with Chinese culture for his recent Valentino show in Beijing.

The creative director of the Italian house showcased his 2020 haute couture collection in the Chinese capital last Thursday, to coincide with the launch of Valentino's new flagship store, which was designed by Piccioli and British architect David Chipperfield.

The line, dubbed the Valentino Daydream by the designer himself, featured 45 breathtaking gowns with opulent themes, including a voluminous dress covered with 600 metres of cherry red tulle bows.

And Piccioli revealed that he wanted to create a completely new show in Beijing so he could bring together the different cultures.

"I wanted to keep the identity of Valentino as a couture house, so I decided it's going to be a Valentino couture show but in a very classic way, showing the extravagance, the boldness, but also the very Italian Renaissance heritage. I feel that being here (in Beijing) it is very important to be close to my own identity and the identity of the house in order to evaluate the diversity," he explained in an interview with InStyle. "Only when you put together two different cultures, two different worlds and you make them live together, you can create a great harmony."

Piccioli thinks that by expressing his roots through his show-stopping collections, it stops them from becoming generic.

"It's interesting when things are different and together, they become one, for one night let's say, but it's the harmony you can create because I don't believe things have to be similar to go together," the fashion star mused.

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