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My all time favourite designer is Valentino, always has been, always will be. Valentino’s designs are more dreamy, more romantic, more youthful and impeccably made. That’s the charm and mastery of Valentino.  Flowers are often used in prints, in silk, and petal shapes in bodices or skirts. Little details such as bows on his garments, at the waist or on a shoulder is also a signature mark of Valentino. He is truly the only designer who combines French embroidery and impeccable taste, with Italian fabrics, workmanship and glamour.

So I am so excited that a major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will showcase over 130 exquisite haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow in an exciting installation created specially for Somerset House.

Divided into three sections; visitors will start with a private view of Valentino’s world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show where roles are reversed with visitors walking the catwalk to view a staggering one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs. Valentino: Master of Couture promises to be a journey into the secretive world of Italian couture.

The final section will unpick the painstaking processes of crafting couture exemplified by the stunning wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, demonstrating the beauty of the work of les petit mains who sew each stitch by hand. In addition a specially commissioned group of films will allow behind-the scenes access to the Valentino atelier, where the craft of couture is demonstrated in a series of fascinating samples. Finally, discover more about the man, the icon, by exploring the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum. There will be a series of talks, screenings and events to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition opens 29th November 2012 and runs until 3rd March 2013 with tickets priced at £12.50.





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