Valentino: Master of Couture.Exhibition at Somerset House

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I’m finding it hard to catch my breath, having dashed across London, keen to report back to you all on the press preview of “Valentino: Master of Couture“ exhibition at Somerset House, that opens to the public tomorrow. I don’t usually get too excited about events or exhibitions because I’ve been disappointed so many times in the past, but that’s definitely not the case here, and be assured I will be going back, It’s Beyond My Control, as I’ve never seen a fashion exhibition presented in such a spectacular and glamorous way!

Valentino with Natalia Vodianova. Photograph: Kevin Tachman

Fashion designer Valentino at Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House on November 28, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. Photography by Peter Macdiarmid

Fashion designer Valentino at Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House on November 28, 2012 in London, United Kingdom.Photography by Peter Macdiarmid

 

Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova, 2012
photo by Cathleen Naundorf

“Valentino: Master of Couture “ exhibition focuses on the designers Haute Couture pieces, some of which have never been seen outside of Valentino’s Atelier. It was thrilling to see gowns worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow. With a showcase of over 130 garments, each more beautiful than the last, I felt like a little girl in a candy shop, wanting it all! Also, it was interesting to see all the designs grouped by themes of colour rather than chronologically and the fact, that everything is on open display allows visitors to have a very close look at gorgeous fabrics and the craftsmanship that goes behind every single design.  I loved Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown, which she wore to marry Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in 1995 and also the vintage dress worn by Julia Roberts when she won an Academy Award in 2001.

Wedding dress worn by Princess Marie Chantal of GreecePhotography by Peter Macdiarmid

Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House on November 28, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. Photography by Peter Macdiarmid

 

Dress worn by Julia Roberts to the Academy Awards in 2001

 

Some of the truly fabulous gowns shown during the exhibition!

 

It’s really hard to choose one favourite piece from the entire exhibition but that’s exactly what’s so great about it…

Princess Marie Chantal of Greece in Valentino wedding dress

 

It was very clever of the internationally renowned design team Kinmonth Monfreda to transform the Somerset House’s Galleries into a catwalk and reverse the roles where the visitor takes place of the model walking along the runway, to view the “audience” dressed in Valentino Couture. Patrick Kinmonth, is an acclaimed set and costume designer, brilliant mind behind “Dangerous Liaisons” (2004) at the Costume Institute, Anglomania (2006) and Valentino in Rome, 45 Years Of Style (2007). Antonio Manfredo, known to the world as a set designer and art director, collaborated with Gucci, Bulgari, Burberry and Bally, joined forces with Patrick Kinmonth in 2004.

Photography by Peter Macdiarmid

 

Enjoy the exhibition!

 

 

 

 

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