No posts in a couple of weeks and then they all come at once, and a double whammy in my A-Z for the letter E lending itself to the knowledgeable word that is Exhibition. There's something about an exhibition that leaves me feeling full of culture and new knowledge...a completely zen feeling after what a consider a well spent Saturday afternoon...yes you guessed right, my Saturday afternoon was spent at Somerset house this time for the wonder of Valentino. Like my previous 'Exhibition' post, Somerset house was once again set amidst its Christmas environment...bustling hoards of skaters desperately trying not to be the one that keeps falling over, the cold feeling oozing around the rink from the ultra violet light, the cosy lodge for those less brave (or choose mulled wine over ice) and all looking very miniature underneath the shadow of the huge glamorously decorated Christmas tree....only one difference this time, its not the first weekend of Christmas...its the last!!
So after weeks of anticipation (especially since seeing the opening party photographs) Emily and I finally got our tickets for the 4-6pm time slot for the 'Master of Couture' exhibition. Entering into the show space, a border or white chairs hoisted in the air act as a table for the securely encased show invitations, press releases, iconic photographs before heading through to the main hall....a Runway - genious curating! Ever fancied strutting your stuff down the catwalk - nows your chance. As the viewer you walk at you own pace (or slightly rushed if you go at peak times) down the carpetted catwalk, whilst Valentinos most famous designs are exhibited as the audience. The same white chairs from the entrance follow on the theme, invitations lie on seats, whilst mannequins are posed in all different positions reinacting a fashion show. And so your 'model walk' is over and so is the exhibition and what a finale...THE WEDDING DRESS, commentary video screening and precious samples of fabric manipulation techniques beautifully merchandised in boxes.
What can I say....'MASTER OF COTURE'