Nov 29, 2012


Valentino: Master of Couture celebrates the life and work of Valentino. It showcases over 130 haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow in an installation created specially for Somerset House.

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, who is best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer. In 1959 Valentino left Paris and opened a fashion house in Rome on the posh Via Condotti with the backing of his father and an associate of his. More than an atelier, the premises resembled a real “maison de couture,” it being very much along the lines of what Valentino had seen in Paris: everything was very grand and models flew in from Paris for his first show. Valentino became known for his red dresses, in the bright shade that became known in the fashion industry as “Valentino red.”


Somerset House

November 29th, 2012 – March 3rd, 2013
London WC2R 1LA