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Monday, December 10, 2012

Fabulous Style: Valentino Exhibit in London

Do you love fashion?  Does the craftsmanship and artistry involved in haute couture make you... well, haute? Then you may want to fly across the pond to visit the Somerset House in London.  Valentino: Master of Couture celebrates the illustrious 50-year career of Valentino, the legendary (and awe-inspiring) Italian designer who has dressed such style icons as Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn.

You know I love all things FABULOUS, therefore it's only natural that I share this amazing and spectacular exhibition with you.
Above: Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova, 2012 © Cathleen Naundorf

The show is divided into three sections with visitors starting their journey into Valentino's world through previously unseen photographs from his personal archive.  Then, the upstairs gallery has been transformed into a catwalk where a staggering 130 exquisitely crafted Valentino haute couture gowns will be on display in the UK for the first time.  The clever reverse catwalk makes you the model which the audience members are the mannequins dressed in stunning Valentino couture.  AWESOME!

The last and final section gives visitors a look into the painstaking process of crafting couture as exemplified by the intricate wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece.  Made with ten different kinds to lace, it took 25 seamstresses over 4 months of solid work to create.  SWOON!!!

Now courtesy of Somerset House, you can view a sneak peek of what you can expect to find at the show which opened November 29 and will run through March 3, 2013.
Valentino with models, 2007 © Lorenzo Agius @
Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova at Musée Nissim de Camodo in Paris, 2011 © Kevin Tachman
1992 1993 Fall Winter HC Black velvet evening dress white ribbons © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Worn by Julia Roberts to the 73rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, 25 March 2001, at which she won Best Actress for Erin Brockovich
1995 Spring Summer HC Romantic evening gown silver grey silk © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
1998 Spring Summer HC Ivory hand-painted evening gown © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
2002 2003 Fall Winter HC embroidered oriental dress © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
2002 2003 Fall Winter HC Floral print taffeta evening outfit © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
2002 2003 Fall Winter HC romantic Valentino Red taffeta evening gown © Valentino Garavani
Virtual Museum Worn by Anne Hathaway to the 83rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, 27 February 2011
2005 Spring Summer HC Boldini-style chiffon white evening dress © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

2004 Jennifer Aniston wore this gown to the premiere of her film Along Came Polly © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

1968 Jackie Kennedy Onassis wedding dress © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

1995 Wedding Dress of Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

For those of you unable to get to London for this FABULOUS...well, let's just pray it is commissioned to show in the US.  In the meantime, here is a little promo video to tease you.

Until Next Time, Stay Fabulous!


Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Fabulous indeed!

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