Valentino Presents The Staggering Girl Director Luca Guadagnino and Pierpaolo Piccioli

Valentino Presents – The Staggering Girl

A film born from the meeting between director Luca Guadagnino and Creative Director of Maison Valentino Pierpaolo Piccioli


The Staggering Girl will be presented at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in the section La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. The film is the result of an artistic dialogue between the director Luca Guadagnino and the creative director of the Maison Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli: together they carry out a narrative experiment that unites the language of cinema and the language of Couture. A set of complex characters is brought to life by an exceptional cast, which includes Julianne Moore, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller, Kiki Layne, Mia Goth, and Alba Rohrwacher. 

Moving between Rome and New York, the film tells an intimate story of a relationship between mother and daughter, between two women who must come to terms with themselves and each other. Valentino’s Haute Couture creations run through the film, participating in its dreamlike atmosphere and amplifying, with a sophisticated visual subplot, the brilliant screenplay by Michael Mitnick. The Staggering Girl features photography by Sayombhu Mudkeeprom and original music composed by legendary Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. The film is produced by Valentino SpA, Ibla Film, Frenesy Film, Rai Cinema and in collaboration with Rai Com.

A story can be told in an infinite number of ways and this was our own.

– Pierpaolo Piccioli


Pierpaolo Piccioli goes on to explain, “Each of us worked on an idea observing it from our respective points of view, encouraged by an aesthetic affinity and intentions that never failed. Luca is a subtle interpreter, who knows how to adapt to the surrounding reality an ironic and gentle sensibility at the same time. We shared our daily working life, I showed him the Haute Couture collection I was drawing, he offered me the lens of his camera to observe the scene from another perspective. Just like the collection, the film is suspended in the Kairos, the opportune moment that the person has to reflect, going back and forth in his inner time. This film is a tale apparently unrelated to the passage of time, a flow of consciousness through images and emotions. Cinema, like Haute Couture, allows time to expand into eternity, it’s pure magic.” 

“Last summer I had the privilege of meeting Pierpaolo Piccioli in Rome in Valentino’s headquarters at Palazzo Mignanelli – explains Luca Guadagnino – Pierpaolo, whose amazing art of couturier I have admired for a long time, took me through the Haute Couture atelier. The Fall/Winter 2018-19 collection was born through the tireless and sublime work of the Premiere, the seamstresses and the tailors. In that meeting with Pierpaolo, we decided that we would try something that we had never tried before, making a film based on an Haute Couture collection. The artistic and emotional depth, the transfiguring capacity of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s work were the ‘text’, like a great novel, on which base the script of this dreamed film. From this meeting and from the triangulation between Pierpaolo Piccioli, the brilliant screenwriter Michael Mitnick and me this short film is born.”

Valentino Presents The Staggering Girl Director Luca Guadagnino and Pierpaolo Piccioli

This kind of artistic collaboration moves beyond the banality of everyday fashion collaborations – two brand names on one piece – and carves out an original and exciting place in the world of art. Costuming, of course, has always been a blood relative of couture, a link between the theater and the runway, but here this connection is elevated to a new form of expression. The conversation between clothing and camera creates a unique space for the viewer to have a meaningful aesthetic experience, the interpenetration of artistic visions building up a cohesive spectacle of sensuality and emotion. With the premiere of this film, a new world of collaborative storytelling begins.