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Valentino's Master Of Couture exhibition opened in London

Valentino's Master Of Couture exhibition opened in London

Retired couture design magnate, Valentino Garavani, opened a retrospective exhibition of his 150 most seminal designs at Somerset House in London last night, and in attendance was a human palette (almost) as impressive as the extraordinarily intricate half-century fashion legacy the one-name-required-only 80-year-old has established.

If you happen to find yourself in London before March 3rd, the impressive display contains 130 handmade Valentino dresses worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis, as well as an array of never-before-seen sketches, films and career artefacts that give small insight into the meticulous effort every Valentino creation requires. The adorned wedding dress of Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in just one of the show's climactic features, which [fashion trivia:] took 25 seamstresses to complete over a four-month period. That sort of dedication is nothing short of admirable. Otherwise, dresses which were likely mass produced (and only slightly less impressive) worn by the guests at the opening party can be enjoyed in the gallery above.  

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