Valentino at Somerset House, London


Last Sunday morning, I fancied a spot of culture with a friend and so headed to Somerset House for the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition that is running there until the beginning of next month. The event showcases the best of Valentino’s designs as worn by Jackie O, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sophia Loren amongst others. The main section is spectacularly set up like the catwalk to end all catwalks, with front row reserved signs for everyone from Liza Minelli to Jackie Onassis herself.

“Divided into three sections; visitors start with a private view of Valentino’s world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. The exhibition then unfolds into a couture fashion show where roles are reversed with visitors walking the catwalk to view a staggering one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs. Valentino: Master of Couture is a journey into the secretive world of Italian couture.
The final section unpicks the painstaking processes of crafting couture exemplified by the stunning wedding dress of Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, demonstrating the beauty of the work of les petites mains who sew each stitch by hand.”
(Info from here.) 

Some of the dresses were absolutely fabulous. What really stood out about the designs is that they stand the test of time. Many people were marvelling over a 1950s cocktail dress that wouldn’t look out of place at a party today.


Unfortunately, no cameras are allowed in the exhibition, so we only managed to snap these outside. I was thrilled with the top picture of my friend, In – what do you think?

You can still visit the exhibition until 3rd March. There is also a series of talks to accompany the exhibition. You can find out more here.

29 November 2012 – 3 March 2013
Daily 10.00-18.00 (Last admission 17.15), until 21.00 Thursdays (Last admission 20.15) 

Embankment Galleries, South Wing

Somerset House Trust
Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600
£12.50/£9 concessions