Valentino – Master of Couture

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Attractions

A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will showcase at Somerset House in London from tomorrow.
Celebrating Valentino's life and work at Somerset House in London

Celebrating Valentino’s life and work at Somerset House in London

Valentino started designing women’s clothing back in the 1950’s when he designed gowns for Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

The Italian designer is also famous for dressing Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Guiness, Queen Paola of Belgium, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Princess Margaret.

The wedding dress worn by Princess Marie Chantal of Greece is on show during this haute couture showcase, the gown took 25 seamstresses over four months to sew each minute stitch by hand.

Valentino would regularly make up to 30 – 40 drawings in one day when he was designing his haute couture designs.

This major new exhibition is divided into three sections; Visitors will start with a look into the world of Valentino with photographs from his personal and private collection, which will offer visitors an intimate insight into the life of the iconic master.

The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show, where the roles are reversed and visitors are made to walk the catwalk to view the 130 breathtaking Valentino designs.

With the 1950’s seeing a renascence this is a thrilling way to see the original designs from an iconic fashion era.

The last section will show the painstaking process into the making of each design which is demonstrated by the beauty of the work done by les petit mains who sewed the stunning wedding dress for Princess Marie Chantal of Greece.

This final section will also allow an insight into Valentino’s life with a specially commissioned group of films.  Visitors can also discover more about the original jet set designer by exploring the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum.

For more information on dates, times and tickets for Valentino: Master of Couture go to

The exhibition will open tomorrow (29 November) until 3 March 2013.

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