CTV Salutes the Legendary Fashion Icon with Valentino: King of Couture, January 24 on CTV

    - FashionTelevision's Jeanne Beker looks back as Valentino's final
                     couture show hits the Paris runway -

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - On January 24 CTV airs a timely prime time
portrait of one of the world's most influential designers in FashionTelevision
Presents Valentino: King of Couture. The original, authorized portrait
premieres Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. ET (repeating Saturday at 7 p.m. ET)
on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). The special will also
air on FashionTelevision Channel (FTC) on Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m. and
11 p.m. ET. Hosted and narrated by Jeanne Beker, Valentino talks candidly from
his Parisian studio in a worldwide exclusive - the first full-length interview
granted after the announcement that his upcoming January show would unveil his
last-ever collection January 23 in Paris.
    In addition to the one-hour feature, CTV will also air Valentino: King of
Couture - The Interview a special half-hour interview with the style icon on
Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

    (*)(*) Media Note (*)(*) Download photos at ctvmedia.ca

    For over 45 years Valentino Garavani has been seducing Hollywood's
leading ladies and influential personalities with his romantic and timeless
vision of beauty. From Valentino's rocky financial start to spearheading an
Italian invasion of Paris runways, the special delves into a life and career
of style supremacy. FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture
marks 21 years since Beker's first one-on-one conversation with the reigning
grand master of design. Since then, she has interviewed Valentino dozens of

    "One of most prolific and inspiring designers in the world, Valentino's
vision of elegance and beauty has helped define chic feminine style for over
40 years," said Beker. "Without question, he's one of those inspired and
inspiring designers who's kept me personally intrigued and enthralled by the
fashion world these past 22 years." Beker will be in Paris to cover the final
show for FashionTelevision.

    FashionTelevision Presents Valentino: King of Couture also features rare
footage from FT's and Valentino's own archives and provides a look at the
stunning repertoire of signature dresses that have been seducing Hollywood's
elite and the fashion critics alike. Beker speaks with some of Valentino's
most ardent fans including celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth
Hurley, Giorgio Armani and Elle Macpherson. She also seeks comment from savvy
members of the world's fashion media including Hilary Alexander (Daily
Telegraph), Godfrey Deeny (Fashion Wire Daily), Hal Rubenstein (In Style),
Patrick McCarthy (Women's Wear Daily) - all of whom have nothing but praise
for the style icon.

    FashionTelevisionChannel is Canada's first and only 24-hour English
language fashion channel dedicated to the world of art, architecture,
photography and design with a celebration of style. Designer television
24- hours a day. FashionTelevisionChannel is owned by CTV Limited, a division
of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Matthew Almeida, CTV Inc., (416) 591-7400 ext.
2629, matthew.almeida@chumtv.com; Emily Young Lee, CTV Inc., (416) 591-7400
ext. 3004, eyounglee@ctv.ca

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