Fashion exhibitions have been all the rage recently, and at the end of this month, we’ll have an even bigger, better, and glossier event on our hands – a major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino at one of London’s most fashionable addresses (and home to London Fashion Week) Somerset House.
It’s called Valentino: Master of Couture and it will feature over 130 exquisite haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow in what promises an exciting installation – the work on creating the space for the dresses started weeks ago and is one of the venue’s most ambitious forms of staging yet.
There will be a series of talks, screenings and events to accompany the exhibition, including one of ELLE’s favourite ever fashion documentaries, Valentino: The Last Emperor which captured in thrilling detail the tears, tantrums and very, very pampered pet pugs that all form part of the world of the melodramatic but inspired designer, who is undoubtedly one of the best couturiers of his era.
You can read more about Valentino: Master of Couture in the December issue of ELLE, which is out now.
Valentino Autumn Winter haute couture from 2003
Valentino with his models from 2007
A Valentino creation from 1969