I first found out about Valentino Retrospective Past/ Present/ Future exhibition from an inflight magazine on my way to Phuket and told my husband I wanted to see this. Now, I am not a fan and actually know next to nothing about Valentino but when I read that his vintage pieces would be showcased, I knew I had to see them. It was also my first visit to Resorts World Singapore, an integrated resort which also houses the pretty new Universal Studios, convention centre and a casino.
My husband was so obliging to have accompanied me to the event. I was so excited that I even wore the ‘Reflection of the Moon’ frock, which I made from a vintage sewing pattern.
The event had only toured Europe and Brisbane, Australia before Singapore and one hundred exquisite haute couture pieces were exhibited at this inaugural Asian exhibition. At the end of it I was in awe. I have new found respect for the designer- the man’s attention to details, the rich embroideries, simple yet alluring silhouettes and his signature use of solid colors- red, white and black. The only major bummer- no photography was allowed, even without the use of flash!
Nonetheless, that didn’t hinder me from showing you some of my favorites. The out of this world cape made from layers and layers of pink chiffon is clearly fabric art at its finest.
This lovely red vintage number from 1960 which was wore by Jennifer Aniston to the UK film premiere of ‘Along came Polly’ in 2004 is simple yet breathtaking.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this white evening gown which Ashley Judd wore to the 2000 American Fashion Awards to present Valentino with the Lifetime Achievement honor. Just look at the white coil details on this perfect body hugging beauty!
Not to be missed was this signature dress wore by Julia Roberts to receive the Academy Awards. I love how the ribbons came together to form its train at the back. It’s exquisite!
And to have seen these dresses with my own eyes! The feeling is surreal! If you are interested to see more of the dresses showcased, do check out the photos here, here and here. My absolute favorites were some of his works from the 50s and 60s.
The photographs don’t really do justice to the garments as some details can not be seen from them. The event is in Singapore till 13 February 2011, so don’t miss it if you happen to be in town! Tickets are only at S$12 per adult or S$9 if you pay using mastercard. In case you have any difficulty finding the venue, it’s just a level below the Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel.