If you weren’t lucky enough to make it to the “Valentino: Master of Couture” exhibition at Somerset House, I’m sorry you missed out because it was amazing!! No need for tears, here is a little round up of just why Valentino is one of my all time favourite designers.

Valentino’s international debut took place way back in 1962 in Florence, which was the Italian fashion capital of the time. His first show at the Pitti Palace was so successful he was inundated with orders from foreign buyers and amazing reviews in the press.

Throughout the 1970s Valentino spent considerable time in New York City, where his presence was embraced by society personalities such as Andy Warhol and  Vogue’s editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland. 

His trade mark is pure glamour. Having dressed some of the world’s most famous women, from Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Natalia Vodianova and Julia Roberts, in some of the most iconic dresses, it’s no wonder he is recognised world wide as one of the greatest couturiers.

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From left: Embroidered oriental dress, A/W 2002; Floral print taffeta evening outfit, A/W 2002

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From left: Red carpet dresses worn by Anne Hathaway and Julia Roberts.

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Above: A selection of my personal favourites, including, first left, Jackie O’s wedding dress.

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Above: Perhaps one of the most incredible pieces on show was Princess Marie-Chantal, of Greece’s wedding dress. It took 25 seamstresses over 4 months of continuous work to finish.

No wall flower himself, in 2006 Valentino appeared in a cameo role, as himself, in the hit movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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Above: Standing proud amidst his designs, the man of the moment.

With a huge celebrity following, the Somerset House exhibition was always going to be a massive success.

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Above: Liz Hurley pays a visit.

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Above: Yours truly.

The designer has said he would love to dress the Duchess of Cambridge and there are rumours circulating that he will design Jennifer Aniston’s wedding dress. He can design mine too if he likes. Should probably find someone who wants to marry me first…

Helen xx