what’s on: valentino retrospective

Valentino | Evening gown | Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2003, Model 130 | Strapless evening gown with low-set draped pale crimson chiffon sleeves, a train with appliqué pleated crimson taffeta rosettes and red strass crystals in their centres, and pink and grey taffeta rosettes in its lining; fabric: Buche-Guillaud; embroidery: Marabitti | Collection: Valentino Archives | Photograph: Jean Tholance

I know the exhibition has been open for a while but on Friday, I finally got a chance to check out the Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) for myself.

Let me say that this Australian exclusive exhibit is truly incredible and I recommend it to all fashion lovers. Seriously, if you’re not in Brisbane already, make the trip.

The exhibition encompasses haute couture from the first collection designed in 1959 by the house’s founder, Valentino Garavani, through to work from the Autumn/Winter 2009–10 creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

Some of dresses included in the exhibit will be familiar to you including Julia Roberts’ exquisite black gown with tulle train that she wore to claim her Best Actress Oscar and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress from her second wedding to Aristotle Onassis. Others will be less familiar but are equally awe-inspiring.

Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for concessions. You can also enjoy designer talks and DJ tunes on Friday nights from 5.30pm as part of GoMA’s Up Late program.

The exhibition closes 14 November so if you haven’t gone yet, you’re almost out of time! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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