Showcasing more than 130 of Valentino Garavani’s haute couture gowns, the exhibition at the Somerset House in London is the biggest UK retrospective dedicated to a man whose illustrious career has spanned over 50 years, and whose clientele includes a generous sprinkling of princesses, first ladies and Hollywood stars.
Valentino: Master of Couture offers the chance to marvel close range at the painstaking detail of couture dresses, discover what goes on in the ateliers and even experience a full-size catwalk, specially constructed for the event. Among the many highlights of the show is the black and white dress worn by Julia Roberts as she collected her Oscar in 2001 and Jackie Onassis’s wedding dress from 1968.
“Each of these designs have a beautiful story,” says Valentino Garavani.
Carefully conceived by international design duo, Kinmonth Monfreda, in collaboration with Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, the exhibition is composed of three main sections. The first room provides a fascinating insight into the designer’s world, featuring correspondence, couture show invites and rare photographs of the maestro at work and play. Next is The Catwalk. Both interactive and informative this dynamic part of the exhibition invites visitors to walk along 60m of runway while looking into an ‘audience’ of mannequins dressed in Valentino creations. Dresses, evening wear, miniskirts, capes, trouser suits and kaftans have been grouped together according to themes including monochrome, Valentino Red and volume.
The exhibition runs until March 3rd, 2013 at the Somerset House in London