Valentino Garavani Celebrates 50 Years of Haute Couture

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The receiver of France’s prestigious Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur, Valentino Garavani is a name that strikes inspired awe within the fashion industry – and for good reason. With 2012 marking the 50th year of Valentino’s illustrious career, it comes as no surprise that the designer will celebrate his success with a massive exhibition in London.

Valentino Garavani Celebrates 50 Years of Haute Couture
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Suitably titled the “Valentino: Master of Couture” exhibit, the event focuses on the rarefied world of haute couture and showcases over 130 of Valentino’s hand-crafted designs. Featuring dresses worn by an array of iconic women over the decades, including Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Gwyneth Paltrow, the display will take a nostalgic glimpse at what is now considered fashion history.
Visitors will treated to private photos from Valentino Garavani’s personal archive, a 60 metre catwalk surrounded by an audience dressed in Valentino, and an installation of the designer’s atelier table, which will screen footage of the man himself in action.
For each decade of Valentino Garavani’s inspired contribution to haute couture, here are five reasons to visit Somerset House between November 29th and March 30th:
  1. This is the biggest fashion showcase of the decade, and the first time in history that the entire Valentino archive will come to London.
  2. It’s an opportunity to get up, close and personal with Valentino Garavani’s life’s work. It goes without saying that this is a special occasion and one that could potentially show you how to work couture techniques.
  3. Jackie O. It’s the wedding dress that gets just as much exposure as Princess Diana’s, and is right up there amongst legendary bridal couture. Most people will go to Valentino Garavani’s exhibit just to see Jackie O’s 1968 wedding dress. It’s that stunning.
  4. Shop for Valentino. There’s a brilliant gift shop accompanying the exhibit where you can stock up on Christmas presents, perfume and books.
  5. Skate in and out of Somerset House. Besides browsing through Valentino Garavani’s exclusive design exhibit, visitors will also be treated to the delights of Somerset House, which has an in-house ice rink and free displays by Tim Walker and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Lastly, it’s Valentino. If you’re a lover of stylish designs then you probably understand the importance of that name without saying much else. For those who are in the dark however, Valentino Garavani is considered the grand high Master of Couture. Putting all of his beautiful creations in the same room is bound to be a big hitter – so book your tickets in advance.

Bella Gray
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Bella Gray is a fashion blogger who has a penchant for design. A lover of couture and all things related, Gray is the perfect go-to-gal for all your fashion trends and Jaeger sale scoops.

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