In celebration of Italian fashion designer Valentino’s incredible 50-year career, an exhibition is set to open at Somerset House, England on Thursday, showcasing some of his most famous designs.
The celebratory exhibit titled ‘Valentino: Master of Couture’ will celebrate the life and work of Valentino, displaying his design pieces worn by Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow.
It has been revealed that the glamorous exhibit will focus solely on haute couture created by the iconic Italian designer, showcasing over 130 handcrafted designs. The exhibit will feature dresses from Valentino’s couture catwalk shows and dresses designed for red carpet occasions, as well as designs commissioned for private clients.
Visitors to the exhibit will get to see pieces never before seen outside the Valentino atelier, whilst getting a first hand experience of Valentino’s fine craftsmanship.
Throughout his 50-year career Valentino has built up many long-standing relationships with some of the world’s most stylish women, dressing Hollywood screen icons, princesses and first ladies.
Highlights of the exhibition will include a vintage dress worn by Julia Roberts when she won her 2001 Oscar, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s wedding dress from Valentino’s 1968 White Collection and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown, which the New York socialite wore when marrying the Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in 1995.
Explaining the concept behind the exhibit, Valentino told Grazia magazine: “Each of these designs have a beautiful story. The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen, so to be able to showcase these designs at Somerset House.”
“When I first started there was only haute couture. I love the perfection of haute couture. I know the construction of each dress like the back of my hand.”
The ‘Valentino: Master of Couture’ Somerset House exhibition has been curated by Alistair O’Neill, Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda. Meanwhile, world renowned design team Kinmonth Monfreda, have designed the exhibit, which promises to be a truly incredible experience for visitors, showcasing unseen personal photographs and couture invitations, whilst the Somerset House Galleries has been transformed into a catwalk of Valentino’s couture designs.
Speaking about the exhibit, Gwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House has stated: “We are delighted to welcome Valentino to Somerset House and show off his beautiful designs in such a spectacular way.”