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"I've had the thrill of wearing Valentino twice—to the Emmys and my 50th birthday party," Oprah says. "His one-of-a-kind, handmade gowns are truly masterpieces."
After seeing the documentary's premiere at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, Valentino says he felt like he had been stripped naked. "I had this camera behind my person almost every day for two years, and of course I was working," he says. "And sometimes I was not extremely gentle."
After seeing the film, Oprah says she now sees Valentino's creations as more than just clothing. "I really even more than ever looked at your dresses ... like little sculptures, like pieces of art," she says.
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Valentino says he never designed for anyone but himself and the woman wearing his dress. "For me, one of the most important things is proportion," he says. "I look very carefully [at] all the detail of the human body of the woman."
Looking back on his career, Valentino says he can finally admit one thing to himself. "Finally today I can say it—I am proud of what I did," he says. "But I am proud, too, to stop at the right moment, when the room was full of people."
Still, Valentino says he has one more dream to achieve. "I always see ballets in my mind," he says. "I would love to design for the theater."
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During filming, Giancarlo says he eventually forgot the cameras were always around. "Everything started very small at the beginning," he says. "So you get used to having people around you. And at the moment you forget unless they are really intruding some special moment, then there is drama. But it was very surprising for ourselves to see ourselves so out of privacy."
Giancarlo and Valentino are used to living away from the spotlight, and Giancarlo says it was initially surprising to see themselves on film. "Then when we saw that the general public loved it, really discovered ... Valentino can be fun," Giancarlo says. "I think we appreciate ourselves, and we are not ashamed at all to have opened our heart."
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