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International Booker Prize and Valentino Form New Cultural Partnership

What do fashion and literature have to do with each other? Well, according to the house of Valentino, quite a lot.

The Booker Prize Foundation has announced Maison Valentino as its sponsor for the International Booker Prize 2024 ceremony, a partnership designed to give the world’s best storytellers the broad cultural status they deserve.

The Booker Prizes are as synonymous with writing as the Oscars are with film and the Grammys are with music. For over half a century, the Booker Prizes have been recognised as the most respected guide to the world’s best fiction. They have identified, celebrated and transformed the careers of leading international talent. Each year the International Booker Prize introduces readers to the best novels and short story collections from around the globe that have been translated into English and published in the UK and/or Ireland.

Maison Valentino has a long and successful association with the literary world, and with this sponsorship strengthens its commitment to fostering global arts and culture. For many years, the Maison has affirmed its commitment to great writing by celebrating impactful texts and authors. It has re-envisioned the traditional means of fashion communication through campaigns that honour the authentic beauty of words, as well as launching other multidisciplinary initiatives that link fashion to literature. Valentino has worked with many authors nominated for the Booker Prizes, including Hanya Yanagihara, Leila Mottley, Elif Shafak and Mieko Kawakami.

In recognition of the two organisations’ shared ethos of championing excellence and inclusivity in art and storytelling, Maison Valentino will sponsor the International Booker Prize 2024 ceremony, which will be held on 21 May. Valentino’s contribution to the cause of translated fiction will allow the Booker Prize Foundation to raise the profile of the prize and will also enable the donation of 500 sets of the six books shortlisted for the 2024 prize to libraries across the UK. Crankstart, a charitable foundation, remains the core funder of the Booker Prizes.

‘We couldn’t be more excited to be embarking on such a meaningful collaboration with Valentino, and are hugely grateful for their support. Together, these two longstanding institutions will bring together imaginations without borders. The Valentino team’s energy and enthusiasm are inspiring, as is everything they’ve already done for, and with, great writers. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed discussing books with them – and discovering our shared love of many International Booker authors has been a particular thrill.’ Gaby Wood, Chief Executive of the Booker Prize Foundation shared while Jacopo Venturini, CEO Maison Valentino said: ‘We are honoured to partner with the Booker Prize Foundation this year. This collaboration further strengthens our deep connection to the world of literature.’

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