Valentino: Master of Couture
"I'm enjoying the freedom," admits Valentino Garavani about his retirement from the house that inspired Valentino: Master of Couture (November 29 to March 3; Somersethouse.org.uk).
More than a collection of exquisitely dressed mannequins, this sartorial voyage through 50 years of legendary couture is conceived by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the duo behind the designer's lavish Roman retrospective in 2007.
Walk a real-life runway to view the frothy growns Valentino designed for Grace Kelly, Jackie O. and Julia Roberts, or delve into a previously unseen archive of personal pictures and mementos.
"Great couture is a combination of proportion, quality and handcrafted luxury." said Valentino. The proof is in these delicious confections.