The exhibition tells about half a century of haute couture and traces the professional and artistic life of the designer born in 1932
There is a white organza tunic worn in 1969 by Audrey Hepburn. A long velvet dress that showed at the Metropolitan Museum and a satin and chiffon suit that was exhibited at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. And then the red taffeta dress with applied roses that Anne Hathaway sported when she won the Oscar in 2011, and the sequined one with which Sophia Loren received the Columbus Award. The history of fashion and costume according to Valentino is on display until 5 June at the Teatro Sociale in Voghera. Yesterday the exhibition “Clothes on stage” was inaugurated, dedicated to the ninety years of the Vogherese stylist Valentino Garavani.
Organized by the Valentino maison (now led by Pierpaolo Piccioli) on the initiative of the municipal administration, it consists of 36 dresses from the company’s archive which, looking out from the boxes, tell the amazing and multifaceted creative flair of the last emperor of fashion.
At the center, on the stage, 12 other strictly red models offer a sample of the infinite ways in which the most famous of couturiers has been able to decline the color that has taken his name, and of which he has dressed dozens and dozens of them from the 1960s to today. of celebrities. The exhibition, which is enriched with sketches, sketches and photographs, also tells this, retracing the path of a boy who left the Lombard province and arrived to conquer the whole world with his unmistakable taste. Born on 11 May 1932 in Voghera, Valentino attended the Grattoni high school without conviction, and then left for Paris with a suitcase full of his first sketches and an unrivaled talent. He studied at the École de La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, then the work for Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche. But the consecration came after opening the atelier in Rome, in 1968 with the Bianca collection which included the dress in which Jacqueline Kennedy married on a second wedding with Aristotle Onassis. Valentino rarely returned to the city (the last public occasion dates back to 1987, when he was the protagonist of a fashion show in Piazza Duomo) but Voghera has never forgotten him, and wanted to give him a special birthday present, reopening the Social Theater still under renovation. “We are proud and moved – said the mayor Paola Garlaschelli, the honorable Elena Lucchini and the commissioner Maria Cristina Malvicini at yesterday’s inauguration – to have managed to complete this project, which we proposed just over a month ago. to the Valentino maison and who immediately found his favor. For the unique creations, all handmade, that have been granted to us, we wanted to make available the best that our city had to offer: a place created to contain art, a worthy and evocative setting for the master’s works ». –