I saw Valentino, The Last Emperor last night and will forever hold in my memory the image of a woman holding the sheerest piece of red chiffon and with one pull of a single thread creating a ruffle.

The pugs were enchanting, the dresses fantastic and the glimpse of the relationship between Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti is captivating. For more information on the film and theaters nationwide click here; Kansas City show times here.

Images of Valenino's villa on Capri from House and Garden, June, 1991. Photographs by Oberto Gili. The walls are frescoed, the linens Porthault. "For me, decorating a room is like designing a dress. Both can be full of fantasy." Valentino