Valentino: King of Couture

CTV Salutes the Legendary Fashion Icon with Valentino: King of Couture, January 24 on CTV

– FashionTelevision’s Jeanne Beker looks back as Valentino’s final couture show hits the Paris runway –

Toronto, ON (January 16, 2008) – CTV airs a timely prime time portrait of one of the world’s most influential designers with FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture. The original, authorized portrait premieres Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. ET (repeating Saturday at 7 p.m. ET) on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times). The special will also air on FashionTelevision Channel (FTC) on Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. Hosted and narrated by Jeanne Beker, Valentino talks candidly from his Parisian studio in a worldwide exclusive – the first full-length interview granted after the announcement that his upcoming January show would unveil his last-ever collection January 23 in Paris.

In addition to the one-hour feature, CTV will also air Valentino: King of Couture – The Interview a special half-hour interview with the style icon on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

For over 45 years Valentino Garavani has been seducing Hollywood’s leading ladies and influential personalities with his romantic and timeless vision of beauty. From Valentino’s rocky financial start to spearheading an Italian invasion of Paris runways, the special delves into a life and career of style supremacy. FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture marks 21 years since Beker’s first one-on-one conversation with the reigning grand master of design. Since then, she has interviewed Valentino dozens of times.

“One of most prolific and inspiring designers in the world, Valentino’s vision of elegance and beauty has helped define chic feminine style for over 40 years,” said Beker. “Without question, he’s one of those inspired and inspiring designers who’s kept me personally intrigued and enthralled by the fashion world these past 22 years.” Beker will be in Paris to cover the final show for FashionTelevision.

FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture also features rare footage from FT’s and Valentino’s own archives and provides a look at the stunning repertoire of signature dresses that have been seducing Hollywood’s elite and the fashion critics alike. Beker speaks with some of Valentino’s most ardent fans including celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Hurley, Giorgio Armani and Elle Macpherson. She also seeks comment from savvy members of the world’s fashion media including Hilary Alexander (Daily Telegraph), Godfrey Deeny (Fashion Wire Daily), Hal Rubenstein (In Style), Patrick McCarthy (Women’s Wear Daily) – all of whom have nothing but praise for the style icon.