I had a lovely day off yesterday with my daughter Elessa, who is visiting from Melbourne. We both went to see the much acclaimed Valentino Retrospective exhibition that was on at GOMA.
What a creative genius the man was! The show, exclusive to Brisbane, features haute couture gowns from Valentino's successful 50 year career. It's a great excuse to visit our fair city and I promise that it will be worth your while. I do suggest trying to avoid visiting during school holidays if possible; it was busy!
I can't tell you how exciting it was to see gowns worn by such legends as Elizabeth Taylor and modern stars such as Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts. The hand-crafted detail on these just has to be seen to be truly appreciated! I was equally amazed by how thin these people must be. Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside the gallery but I did purchase some postcards to give you a sneak preview.
Love the pinks & orange on the short evening gown from the Autumn/Winter 2007-08 Collection. The evening assemble on the right was one of my favourites. The coordinating coat has the most amazing hand-worked lining ever. If I was fortunate enough to own this, I would have no shame in wearing it inside out! From the Autumn/Winter 1990-91 Collection.
Fancy being gift-wrapped? From the Autumn/Winter 2009-10 Collection. Valentino's signature poppy red peeks through on this amazing gown from the Autumn/Winter 2004-05 Collection.
Red gown from the Autumn/Winter 2002 Collection. Strapless gown with dozens of hand-made taffeta rosettes from the Spring/Summer 2003 Collection.
Make sure to visit before the exhibition ends on November 14. Unfortunately, I have missed out on too many good shows recently so made sure that I got to this one. If you can't make it, more images can be seen here.
Photography credits: Jean Tholance.
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