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If I were in London

Yes, I know that most of you out there wished they were in London for the fashion week that took place in the English capital a few days ago but I think there was and still is a better thing to do in London this week.

photo from Renni B

If I were in London this week I would go buy my ticket for the “Valentino Master of Couture” exhibition that started back in November and is ending this Sunday.

Imagine halls full of over 130 hand-crafted exquisite designs that were worn by some of the most iconic women, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few!

As Valentino Garavani himself says “Each of these designs have a beautiful story.  The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen.”

Among the exhibits there are also photographs from Valentino’s personal collection and specially made films giving the visitors a tour of Valentino’s atelier and letting them into the secrets of his art.

The part of the exhibition that seems to have attracted most people’s attention is the Catwalk experience; you walk down a 60-metre runway surrounded by an “audience” dressed in Valentino Couture.

On my browse on the web I found out however that even the most unlucky of us who can’t afford to actually visit the museum can do so.  How?  Valentino’s latest passion is the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum which you can download on your desktop and get the feel of the exhibition.  I spent hours yesterday playing with it and I suggest you do the same!

PS  Years ago, sometime between 1997 & 2003, as I was walking home from work in Myconos island I saw somebody walking down the street.  He was about 300 metres away but the way he was moving made everybody, including myself of course, turn heads.  It was as if he were a king or an emperor and everybody walking behind him were his court.  He was not doing anything except strolling and he was simply dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans.  When he went past me our eyes met and I was left there totally enchanted as I had just realised he was Valentino!  I still can’t forget the moment and no matter how many people I have seen till now nobody has left me with this feeling of awe.  I guess some people were just born to be who they are and there is no way Valentino would not have been the Master of Couture.

Yes, I know that most of you out there wished they were in London for the fashion week that took place in the English capital a few days ago but I think there was and still is a better thing to do in London this week.

photo from Renni B

If I were in London this week I would go buy my ticket for the “Valentino Master of Couture” exhibition that started back in November and is ending this Sunday.

Imagine halls full of over 130 hand-crafted exquisite designs that were worn by some of the most iconic women, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few!


As Valentino Garavani himself says “Each of these designs have a beautiful story.  The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen.” 


Among the exhibits there are also photographs from Valentino’s personal collection and specially made films giving the visitors a tour of Valentino’s atelier and letting them into the secrets of his art.


The part of the exhibition that seems to have attracted most people’s attention is the Catwalk experience; you walk down a 60-metre runway surrounded by an “audience” dressed in Valentino Couture.



On my browse on the web I found out however that even the most unlucky of us who can’t afford to actually visit the museum can do so.  How?  Valentino’s latest passion is the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum which you can download on your desktop and get the feel of the exhibition.  I spent hours yesterday playing with it and I suggest you do the same!


PS  Years ago, sometime between 1997 & 2003, as I was walking home from work in Myconos island I saw somebody walking down the street.  He was about 300 metres away but the way he was moving made everybody, including myself of course, turn heads.  It was as if he were a king or an emperor and everybody walking behind him were his court.  He was not doing anything except strolling and he was simply dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans.  When he went past me our eyes met and I was left there totally enchanted as I had just realised he was Valentino!  I still can’t forget the moment and no matter how many people I have seen till now nobody has left me with this feeling of awe.  I guess some people were just born to be who they are and there is no way Valentino would not have been the Master of Couture.