Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Genius of Valentino

Hold onto your hat, hair and anything else you can grab... The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum (which we saw a sneak peek in Gwenyth Paltrow's GOOP last week) launched today and is freakin' fantastic. No, that doesn't do it justice - iconic is the better word. 

How do you classify a man who has dressed the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker and more?  This incredible designer's career spans more than 45 years.  In what can be a fickle industry, that's really saying something.  The 3D archives, which feature over 5000 items, are a treasure to be savored and poured over for years to come.  You must see "Creating Couture - Valentino Masterclass", an 8 minute video where Valentino himself describes several dresses and the detail in which they are constructed.  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Click here now to visit the museum.

Images from one of Valentino's live exhibits:

Valentino created some incredible wearable works of art:  Jackie O's Wedding dress... 

Julia's Oscar dress...

And other less well known works of art worn by celebrities...

...and thousands of other gorgeous dresses going back to the 1960's!

 Seriously, did you see the detail on this one!?!  Holy Moly!!!

 The one, the only:

Slightly speechless at the moment...



  1. speechless is right, holy cow!

  2. Thanks for posting this! I love Valentino too! His Newbury street boutique always has beautiful, feminine garments for the upper crust shoppers but there is also a section in the back with relatively reasonable prices. Ie. 500 for a darling silk satin flared skirt with oversized bow. Yummy and attainable. Xxx

  3. I had the honor of being at Valentino's London store many years back (with my friend getting fitted for a 'mother of the bride' dress! We walked into the shop, only a few dresses were on hangers to get a 'feel' for the quality. Then she was whisked off into a private room for fitting and style discussion. I chose to browse the street shops one being Laura Ashley and others. Won't forget that trip easily! Out of my price range, but a nice experience. Just her shoes, belt (yes a narrow Bling belt) and clutch cost more than our trip there combined (10 days in London with hotel, restaurants and shows). The dress was very expensive and the added expense of getting it back to Boston was another matter.

  4. The very first time that I ever cared anything for fashion was when I saw a Valentino gown on the Oprah show many years ago on a model. It was breath taking! There are so many designers that fail to match his genius, no man knows how to dress a woman the way he can!

  5. Valentino didn't design the dress that Jackie O wore in these pictures. He designed her second wedding dress.

  6. Valentino designed Jackie's 1968 short dress in another wedding. The ballgown shown here was designed by Ann Lowe not Valentino...according to Time magazine.