Valentino bio set for Venice
A biopic on legendary Italian designer Valentino is set to make a splash at next month's Venice Film Festival.
''It will be a great honour for me and a chance to strengthen the close ties I have always had with the movie world,'' the 76-year-old fashion icon told ANSA Monday.
''We're trying to set up an event around this film with all the many friends who will come and see it,'' Valentino said.
The design divo, who retired in January after 50 years dressing the world's most glamorous women, said the documentary by Vanity Fair reporter Matt Tyrnauer was ''an authorised biography''.
Tyrnauer, who followed Valentino for two years, will show ''my whole story, the designing and the great events I took part in,'' Valentino told ANSA at the Ischia Global Music Fest.
''There will be newsreel footage of the stars I dressed with my comments on the soundtrack. You'll see Valentino creating, talking, skiing - the audience may get terribly bored''.
''(Venice) Film Festival Director Marco Mueller called it the most fictionalised non-fiction film he had seen lately,'' said Valentini.
The 65th Venice International Film Festival, organised by the Venice Biennale, will take place on the Venice Lido from August 27 to September 6.
Valentino said he is keeping busy in retirement and has just finished organising the second major retrospective of his work, at the Louvre.
He revealed he is planning to design the costumes for a classic Italian opera in one of the world's great opera houses in 2010.