Saturday, 15 September 2012
Master of the House
As London welcomed the world's fashionistas to town yesterday for London Fashion Week (14th-18th September), so we also look forward to a more long-lasting exhibition of sumptuous frocks...
In November 2012, a 60-metre catwalk will be installed in [Fashion Week's main venue] Somerset House as part of a retrospective spanning 50 years of the work of the fashion designer Valentino Garavani.
Valentino: Master of Couture will feature over 130 hand-crafted gowns, worn by the likes of Grace Kelly, Jacqueline de Ribes, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, the Begum Aga Khan, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Margaret.
These will include the wedding dress Jackie Kennedy wore to marry Aristotle Onassis in 1968, alongside Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece's pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown from 1995 and Julia Roberts' 2001 Oscars frock.
The outfits, painstakingly made by the finest dressmakers and fashion specialists, have never been showcased in the UK before.
Valentino: Master of Couture will run from 29th November 2012 until 3rd March 2013.