Valentino Master of Couture at Somerset House in London is a must see!
The exhibition catwalk presents 137 dresses. They are all numbered and you can refer back to the small booklet for description. These are my personal highlights:
#26 A/W 1967/68 Turquoise, silver, red and orange silk brocade mini dress. I could so rock that dress, preferably at The Beatles concert.
#45 S/S 1988 Black georgette and satin dress with large oval cutouts, yellow underskirt and diamante detailing. A wonderful shadow puppets theater on a dress – black silhouettes against a yellow background. Will I ever go to an occasion suitable for a dress like that? Time will tell.
#57 A/W 2007/08 Pink and orange ostrich feather cocktail dress with strass embellishment. Pink and orange ostrich feathers! Doesn’t it just sound sexy, fluffy and oh-so-gorgeous?
#62 S/S 1959 Red tulle evening dress with corsage detailing in the skirt using rose couture technique. Three words: I want it.
#83 S/S 1968 White linen day dress with scalloped hem detailing. Pure class. The simplest of all dresses shown and yet so enchanting.
#125 A/W 1967/68 Green satin one shouldered evening gown with sequin and strass embellishment. Worn by Jackie Kennedy on her official visit to Cambodia.
Valentino couture designs are complimented with a collection of photographs, invitations and thank-you notes from his personal archive. There is also a section dedicated to the craft of couture, showcasing samples and couture techniques, many of them unique to Valentino, like the pagine technique (discs of organza silk piled to create a page effect). I can’t explain it but I was mesmerized by the samples, the clips showing le ragazze di Valentino at work, the intricate embroidery… I was standing there, taking it all in, and didn’t wanna move…
The exhibition closes on March 3rd, so hurry before it ends!