Valentino Garavani is the subject of a sweeping new retrospective at Somerset House in London, which opened Thursday. “Valentino: Master of Couture,” features over 130 hand-crafted items celebrating the life and work of Valentino and the designers 50-year career, including dresses worn by Grace Kelly and Jackie O
The exhibition at Somerset House focuses on haute couture — luxurious hand-embroidered, sewn and even painted gowns that each took hundreds of hours of painstaking work to create. Highlights include an elaborate, pearl-encrusted wedding dress worn in 1995 by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, which took 25 seamstresses and four months to complete.
“Valentino: Master of Couture” shows some of the world’s most recognizable gowns: The high-necked, short wedding dress from Valentino’s 1968 White Collection that Jacqueline Kennedy wore for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis, and the black velvet gown with white ribbons worn by Julia Roberts to the Oscars in 2001, when she won best actress.
Stylish guests at the Valentino: Master of Couture Exhibition private view
Edie Campbell looked lovely in a printed silk dress with pussy-bow neckline.
“Valentino: Master of Couture” runs through March 3, 2013 at Somerset House (somersethouse.org.uk) and is accompanied a book, Valentino Master of Couture: A Private View (Rizzoli, $35), of Valentino’s personal photographs; amazon.co.uk.