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For: Gemma Piñana
The Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris dedicates an exhibition to the Italian couturier Valentino Garavani, known by Valentino. The sample, which will remain opened from June 17 until September 21, is part of the important monographic ones that the institution dedicates the big contemporary designers. It is a question of a retrospective exhibition across 200 suits and accessories of high fashion of the designer who settled in Rome from 1959.
Valentino is the fashionable creator who registers in the history of the high fashion like indisputable ambassador of the elegance; his silhouettes take the grace of a timeless self-assurance. His style is defined by a graphic line simultaneously sober and sophisticated. His creations are constructed to give to the silhouette fluency, femininity and sensuality. The forms are clear, the sumptuous textiles and his collections always take a wide scale of color enriched with refined embroideries. The work of Valentino bears romanticism, modernity and classicism.

The thematic exhibition explores Valentino's work and underlines the changes and the topics that have defined it along his career. Owing to this sample the book has been published "Valentino, thèmes et variations", in that there are celebrated 48 years of Valentino's career and it concentrates on the creations of more important high fashion and emblematic. It contains unpublished photos of his last parade signed by François Halard. The texts coordinated by Pamela Golbin reveal the contribution of the teacher to the French high fashion and his influence in the Italian fashion.

Palette of triple color: The first apartment of the museum shows the exercise of style renewed incessantly of the author, establishing his stylistic vocabulary. The volumes, the lines and the textures are interpreted in a palette of colors limited to the minimum: red, black and white. The second apartment reveals the topics that are in the collections of the couturier, with stamped pieces of flowers, animals or geometric forms, along with his creases, transparences and frills. In the last room there appears a selection of models of the last collection of high fashion signed by Valentino for the parade of January 23, 2008 in Paris. With it there is finished the career of half a century of a genius.

Valentino learned and the Parisian house of Jean Dessès, the couturier who designed the fiancée's garment of Queen Sophia of Spain, which it joined in 1952 at the age of 20 years. In 1959 it left Paris and predilection was defined by means of his color, almost his signature, “Red Valentino”. From Rome in the 60s he was the big couturier of the actresses of Hollywood. 

Between the women who have taken his clothes Elisabeth Taylor appear in Espartaco, Rita Hayworth and Audrey Hepburn. In 1964 Jacqueline Kennedy, one of the women more mediáticas of the epoch, claimed him to imagine a finished closet in order to finish with his mourning like widow. From this moment the friendship of the first ex-lady USA and the couturier was big. Valentino designed for Jacqueline the wedding garment with the Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis.
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