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    Valentina Tortorella

    Part-time Faculty, Fashion Design

    IMG - Valentina Tortorella

    Living and working in Paris, in 1990 graduated as a fashion designer from Marangoni Fashion Institute in Milan. In 1991, while studying Philosophy at Università Popolare di Milano, she continued painting and joined the Gianfranco Ferré studio. She was intensively concentrated on men and women’s ready-to-wear, until M. Gianfranco Ferré appointed her head designer for men women’s shoe collections, after which she assisted him in all his collections. This privileged collaboration lasted eight years.

    In 1998 she joined Louis Vuitton where she discovered the design department in charge of leather goods, from design to industrial development and research of material and processes. In 2004 she joined the ready-to-wear studio under the artistic direction of Marc Jacobs with the task of creating accessories for men and women’s ready-to-wear collections and finally, in 2005, took over responsibility for the men’s leather goods collections for fashion shows. Her expertise was further heightened in 2008 with the innovation service, the research laboratory for materials and new production processes. In 2009 she co-founded Ragazze Ornamentali, while still collaborating with Louis Vuitton Malletier. She gained a wealth of experience, having had the opportunity on the one hand, to experiment and share the vision of a grand couturier, who revealed the secret of body’s architecture and an everlasting taste for luxury and craftsmanship. On the other hand, at Louis Vuitton, she had the opportunity to explore and experiment the fundamental values of uncompromised luxury and quality of the high end market.