A Valentino exhibition will open at Somerset House on November 29. Entitled Valentino: Master of Couture, theinstallation will focus exclusively on the Italian designer's haute couture designs.
The exhibition will feature over 130 dresses spanning his 50-year career, including many seen previously on the red carpet - worn by famous names such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren. The vintage Valentino gown worn by Julia Roberts as she accepted her 2001 Oscar also features, as does Jackie Kennedy Onassis' 1968 wedding dress.
"Each of these designs has a beautiful story," said Valentino "The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate. Though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen. To be able to showcase these designs at Somerset House, where they can be seen in great detail by the public, is very unique."