Last year Valentino Garavani launched an extremely successful 3D showcase of the Italian house's archive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York but now, the man himself is set t be the subject of his own special retrospective.
This morning Somerset House confirmed that they have been working with the designer on an exhibition dedicated to his work, particularly as a couturier. The retrospective will showcase 130 of his couture commissions for clients like Jackie Kennedy, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sophia Loren. 'Each of these designs have a beautiful story,' he said in a statement. 'The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours to complete...the dresses have rarely been seen, so to be able to showcase these designs at Somerset House, where they can be seen in detail by the public is very unique.'
Alongside the dresses, the exhibition, titled Valentino: Master of Couture, will also include a selection of the designer's personal photographs along with a virtual catwalk and special installation.
The exhibition will take place from November 22 until March 3.
The Christian Louboutin 20th anniversary celebrations have been big but just in case you felt left out after the brand celebrated their milestone in New York with a special window installation in Barneys, we come baring good news - the celebrations are coming to the UK.
Grazia UK confirm that the brand will host an exhibition at London's Design Museum in March next year. The exhibition - the brand's first UK retrospective - will explore 'years of shoe design and inspiration, according to the Museum. Along with charting some of his key designs over the years, the exhibition will also take spectators though the designer's design process from the sketching stage all the way though to the final product.
Roitfeld continues to focus on working with emerging talent. "I don’t think, especially when you start in the business, you need 20 artists," he told Nowness, "but two to three people you really believe in [where you can] have a relationship that will last for a little bit." But don't be fooled. He definitely isn't afriad of working with big fashion houses. "I don’t see why it is so bad for an artist to do something with such a credible person as Mr. Armani or a brand like Vuitton or Prada, or Miuccia herself. I don’t think it’s good to only do exhibitions and collaborations with fashion names, but I don’t see how it hurts the artist to do suddenly a huge show in Milan and New York with Armani, which had thousands of people coming and was all over the press. If the art is good and this element doesn’t take too much away from the creative side, then it doesn’t hurt."
The Met Ball Costume Institute Gala could not have passed without some drama or another could it?
Despite planning to dress seven models for Monday's event including Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour, designer Azzedine Alaia was not invited to the event nor were his designs included in the exhibition. Campbell, who has a close relationship to the designer after living with him in Paris at the beginning of her career, decided to reject her invitation to the ball out of solidarity to the designer she refers to as "Papa". Speaking to The Cut, Campbell's spokesperson explained that, "[S]he feels she doesn’t want to attend unless she can represent his work."
She is the person responsible for dressing women in the Seventies. Not sure who I'm talking about? With her label Biba, designer Barbara Hulanicki defined an era and is now set to design a diffusion line at Topshop.