From Russia With Love: Valentina


Fashion designer Valentina modeling her own gardening costume design in the pages of Vogue, 1936. Photo by Cecil Beaton. Condé Nast / Getty Images

One of American fashion's first famous designers wasn't American at all. Meet Valentina Schlee, the intoxicatingly beautiful Russian lover of Greta Garbo who lied about nearly everything.

Additional Reading

  • Ballard, Bettina. In My Fashion. New York: D. McKay Co., 1960



  • Yohannan, Kohle. Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity. New York: Rizzoli, 2009.