This show documents one of Italy's richest and most famous men, legendary designer Valentino Garavani.
The Somerset House exhibition showcases over 130 haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow in an installation created specially for Somerset House.
Divided into three sections; visitors start with a private view of Valentino's world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the fashion designer. The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show where roles are reversed with visitors walking the catwalk to view one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs.
The final section examines the painstaking processes of crafting couture exemplified by the 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 allow behind-the scenes access to the Valentino atelier, where the craft of couture is demonstrated in a series of samples. Finally, discover more about the man, the icon, by exploring the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum.
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