Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Valentino - Master of Couture, Somerset House, London

The Italian fashion designer is a pure genius and after seeing the film Valentino: The Last Emperor I fell in love with not only his designs but also the designer.

When I saw Somerset House was holding an exhibition I knew I had to get tickets.

You walk down a catwalk with the chairs either side holding the beautiful dresses and the chairs reserved for his most famous fans.

There are 137 dresses with some worn by Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Hathaway and the dress Julia Roberts wore at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001 when she won the Oscar for her performance in Erin Brockovich. It was a vintage 1992 design by Valentino.

The dresses are just beautiful and such craftsmanship by his girls who work in his studio.

Some of my highlights include a white satin evening gown with hand-painted coral design from his Spring/Summer 1968; a blue chiffon day dress with five layer pleated petticoat which was designed in the 1950s but realised in the 1990s, beautiful dress and a great shape; and the white ecru georgette evening dress with lace applique detailing. Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis.

The white gowns made in organza, with tulle and Swarovski crystals and lace. They are beautiful and could be a evening gown or a wedding dress.

There are also some of his hand drawn designs which are just as stunning.

The exhibition is running until March 3, 2013. For tickets visit: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/valentino




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