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Valentino’s Little Wonder

Textile designer Zandra Rhodes interprets Pierpaolo Piccioli's idea of renaissance art.

Textile designer Zandra Rhodes interprets Pierpaolo Piccioli's idea of renaissance art.

Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights” fits well in the universe of Valentino, given that the fashion house’s feminine confections could be described in the same way. Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli must have also thought so as well, finding inspiration in the piece at a transitional point in the brand’s evolution: his first collection sans longtime collaborator Maria Grazia Chiuri. For it, Piccioli had British fashion and textile designer Zandra Rhodes translate the Renaissance-era artwork, with winning results. Whimsical prints of pink, red, and chartreuse made their way onto flowing dresses, embroidered jackets, and the smallest accessory du jour, lacquered cross-body lipstick cases. This micro bag may not shout real-world practicality. But then, that never stopped Bosch.

Valentino Garavani lacquered minaudière, $1,045; valentino.com

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