Valentino: Master of Couture opening at Somerset House

Those in need of a break from Christmas shopping, or better yet some inspiration for the fashion lover on their list, should look no further than the glamorous and sensational exhibition Valentino: Master of Couture opening at Somerset House.  The exhibit is on from 29 November through 3 March in the Embankment Galleries, South Wing.  Valentino came out of retirement in part to create a beautiful and interesting experience for the viewer. Gain an intimate look into the life of the accomplished designer through his personal photos.  Then, in an installation specifically crafted for this event, walk the catwalk.

From this vantage point take in the breathtaking one hundred thirty haute couture gowns on display. Including designs worn by screen gems Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren, icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and more recently, Gwyneth Paltrow.  The final element of the exhibit is an extensive look at the process of crafting Princess Marie Chantal of Greece’s wedding dress. Both film featuring Valentino and actual samples on display explain the work of les petit mains and viewers will surely leave with a greater understanding of “haute couture”.

Valentino: Master of Couture is an exquisite use of photography, costume, and film to bring Valentino’s legacy to Somerset House. Please find ticket information here.

Additionally, 1 December in the screening room of Somerset House there is a viewing of the film Valentino: The Last Emperor. Book tickets here for the fun and exciting look at couture, “behind the seams” if you will, featuring Valentino and partner Giancarlo Giammetti.

Jessica Toukatly

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