Today I went to a marvellous Valentino exhibition at the museum of the Ara Pacis in Rome with my good friend Francisco whose birthday it was. And I tell you: wauw!
It was a very large exhibition showing examples from all the four decades of Valentino’s career. He just had his 40th anniversary this summer and a couple of weeks ago he announced his withdrawal from the world of fashion.
There were so many dresses that some of them had to be astounding and some of them had to be terrible. But even with such differences all of the gowns were marvels of tailoring. The ladies (and gentlemen?) behind that needlework are magicians.
Along with the wonder of sewing the exhibition offered two other kicks: one was to see the scenography of the show. The combination of the antique altar of peace (Ara Pacis), the modern architecture, and the mannequins was simply amazing.
The other kick was to be got in the basement where about fifteen dresses worn by celebrities were on show with a little film showing the dresses and their carriers in action. You got the sort of satisfaction you get from a gossip magazine – to see the actual size of the stars and to discuss if this starlet was anorectic or if that prima donna had large boobs. Maybe that was why they had put it in the basement…
I took a whole lot of photos for your enjoyment of course, but especially for my sister who has a professional interest. Enjoy!