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Valentino: Master of Couture

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An Exhibit Designed to Look Stunning

A master of couture, Valentino Garavani is an iconic Italian designer. In a major new exhibition at Somerset House, Valentino: Master of Couture, celebrates the man's lifeworks by showcasing over a hundred and thirty of his most exquisite haute couture designs, which have been worn by the likes of celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The exhibit is made up of three sections, the first giving you an inside look at the man himself. A selection of his personal photographs offer you a detailed study of Valentino's world, while in the second installation, you are invited to walk the catwalk, and explore his many ensembles. Finally, learn about the painstaking processes involved in making these outfits, with a special focus on the wedding dress he designed for Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, which was sewn completely by hand. There will also be a selection of films, workshops, and a virtual museum which will provide demonstrations of the craft of couture.

The exhibition runs until the 3rd of March, with tickets costing 12.50 or 9 for concessions.

On the 14th February you can go to The Valentino Valentine's Late Studio between 6pm-9pm. For 15 you will get a glass of bubbly and can join in with workshops, music, and emboss your own Valentine's cards and messages with their printing press. Then on the 2nd of March, see a screening of Valentino: The Last Emperor for 8. The 96 minute documentary will take you behind the scenes and you access all areas of the witty, candid and mesmerising couture of this iconic fashion designer.
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Why? For Fashion Freaks
When: Until 3rd March
Phone: 44 (0)20 7845 4600
Where: Somerset House
Cost: 12, 9 concessions
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