ALL fashion devotees will get goosebumps at the thought of getting up close and personal with Valentino haute couture that has previously graced the likes of Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren.
Somerset House is currently housing the Valentino exhibition, which covers the decades from the 1950s to today and showcases more than 130 Valentino creations.
‘The Catwalk’, the centrepiece of the exhibition, puts visitors in the role of a model on a 60-metre runway to view an ‘audience’ dressed all in Valentino gowns, suits, kaftans and minis in a complete role-reversal.
Another room features previously unseen personal photographs, couture invitations and images of Valentino. Also featured is the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum, which allows viewers to explore interactive and multimedia content.
The final room of the exhibition goes behind the scenes at the atelier. A series of films show, in minute and painstaking detail, the artistry and techniques involved in making a Valentino gown.
Fashion-forward individuals can purchase tickets at www.somersethouse.org.uk. The exhibition runs until Sunday the 3rd of March 2013.
Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova, 2012 © Cathleen Naundorf
Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova at Musée Nissim de Camodo in Paris, 2011 © Kevin Tachman
Valentino dress from S/S 1969, 2000 © Ruven Affanador
1992 1993 Fall Winter HC Black velvet evening dress white ribbons © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Worn by Julia Roberts to the 73rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, 25 March 2001, at which she won Best Actress for Erin Brockovich
1995 Spring Summer HC Romantic evening gown silver grey silk © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
1998 Spring Summer HC Ivory hand-painted evening gown © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
2002 2003 Fall Winter HC embroidered oriental dress © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
2002 2003 Fall Winter HC Floral print taffeta evening outfit © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
2002 2003 Fall Winter HC romantic Valentino Red taffeta evening gown © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Worn by Anne Hathaway to the 83rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, 27 February 2011
2005 Spring Summer HC Boldini-style chiffon white evening dress © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
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