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Leading fashion designer exhibits at Somerset House

Date Posted: 24/09/2012

A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will open at Somerset House this November.

Running from 29th November until 3rd March, Valentino: Master of Couture will showcase the designer’s 50-year career including a display of 130 hand-crafted designs, worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Valentino: Master of Couture promises to give group travel organisers a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of Valentino’s world, allowing them to experience the thrill of walking the runway and reveal Valentino’s craftsmanship.

Exhibition highlights

Known for his long-standing relationships with the world’s most glamorous women, Valentino has designed for princesses, first ladies and Hollywood icons.

As a result, exhibition highlights will include the dress worn by Julia Roberts when she won an Academy Award in 2001, Jackie Onassis’s wedding dress and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown, which the New York socialite wore to marry Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in 1995.

The Catwalk

For Valentino: Master of Couture, Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries will be transformed into a glamorous couture catwalk.

In a clever reversal of roles each visitor takes the place of the model walking along a sixty-metre runway to view the ‘audience’, all of whom will be dressed in Valentino Couture.

Groups of ten or more people are entitled to a ten per cent discount when booking in advance.

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