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Fashion designer Valentino Garavani poses beside exhibits at the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition at Somerset House in London. Picture: Getty Images

Valentino isn't sure whether he deserves his level of success.

The retired designer has spent a lot of time reminiscing about his career lately, as an exhibition of some of his best couture work is being staged in London.

Although he feels honoured that so many people are still interested in his creations, the fashion identity - full name Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani - isn't sure why he is so well known.

"I always have a very big satisfaction [when I think of my career]. Sometimes to myself I say, 'My gosh, I have been so lucky in my career.' I don't know if I deserve it or not but I have been very, very lucky," he said in a promotional video.

The Italian designer also spoke about what makes couture gowns so special. People including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Julia Roberts and Audrey Hepburn have opted for his one-of-a-kind pieces and he believes it's his dedication to making the dresses so special which made them a hit.

"It's called couture because nothing is done with the machine," he said.

"Automatically when a designer creates couture he has to think about using one of the most beautiful materials [and] to think about women a lot, because the dresses are going to be very expensive so they have to be like jewels.

"For me it was very important to give the essence of femininity, the essence of glamour, and the essence of haute couture. It's like a sculpture that is done [of] the body of the lady."