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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Somerset House welcomes couture exhibition

7th November 2012

Somerset House in London is opening a new show at the end of the month examining the work of Valentino Garavani.

The new exhibition will open to visitors staying in central London hotels on November 29th and has been specially created for the venue. More than 130 of Valentino's glamorous gowns will be on display as the exhibition attempts to explain more about the personal life of Valentino as well as the creation of his designs.

Valentino explained to the Daily Mail: "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, so to be able to showcase these designs at Somerset House, where they can be seen in great detail by the public, is very unique."

Some of the couture creations on display were created for and worn by famous figures such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The exhibition is open until March 3rd 2013 and is based in the Embankment Galleries in the South Wing of Somerset House. Tickets to the Valentino exhibition cost £12.50 for adults and £9 for concessions and there is also a special late night opening every Thursday.

Fashionistas may also be tempted by an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum celebrating the development of British glamour since the 1950s. The show is being held in the newly-updated Fashion Galleries at the museum and is open until January 6th.

More than 60 different glamorous dresses are included in the exhibition, with outfits from designers such as Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan all on display.


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