Friday, 7 December 2012

Something for the Weekend...

2012 has certainly proved a stellar year for fashion exhibitions. First we were treated to the magic of Ballgowns at the V&A before exploring them further with Hartnell and Amies at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Somerset House has also served up an array of fashionable treats, most recently the Tim Walker: Storyteller exhibition, presented in association with Mulberry and their recently opened installation, entitled 'Valentino: Master of Couture.' Showcasing over 100 of Valentino's bespoke couture creations, the exhibition features designs worn by style icons including Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and is set to be another must-visit.

Constructed in three parts, the exhibition begins with a private look into Valentino's life, with photographs and other items from his personal archive offering a unique firsthand insight into his creative process and influences. Moving on, the space then becomes a couture fashion show where visitors take to the catwalk whilst viewing an array of Valentino's stunning designs for themselves. Finally, the exhibition explores the process of putting together a couture collection by shedding light on the craftsmanship behind the catwalk. A series of specifically commissioned films affords visitors behind-the-scenes access to the work of the Valentino atelier and the virtual Valentino Garavani museum gives you the chance to explore the evolution of a true fashion icon. Definitely one not to be missed!

  Valentino: Master of Couture runs at Somerset House from 29th November 2012- 3rd March 2012. Tickets are £12.50/£9 concessions.

By Sarah Farrell

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