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Valentino Garavani struggles with technology

Valentino Garavani had to summon someone to his house to show him how to use a DVD.

The legendary designer has been celebrating the opening of the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum this week. The exhibition comes via a 3D application which people can download onto their computers. When they open it they are transformed into the world of Valentino, where they can peruse 300 of his finest designs.

Although the designer is proud of the online museum, he's hinted it's not the sort of thing he'd usually get involved with.

"I was at my chalet in Switzerland, and when I wanted to watch a movie, I had to call 'an expert' from the town to come up and show me how to put a DVD into my DVD player," he admitted.

Valentino has also failed to embrace advances which might make his job easier. While some use computers or iPads to design, he prefers a more old school approach.

"I use a pencil," he told New York Post.

The designer was speaking at a party to celebrate the launch of the exhibition in New York City. It was held at the IAC building, with starts such as Daphne Guinness, Harvey Weinstein, Rachel Zoe and Claire Danes in attendance.

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