Fashion connoisseurs all have designers that “speak to us.”  But none of them have ever put it quite the way Valentino Garavani has most recently.  Valentino artfully said voila this Tuesday at the Moma debuting 10,000 square feet of virtual museum space that brings visitors vis-á-vis with 300 haute couture designs from 5 decades. The space is, of course, masterfully curated, breaking down the archival collection of pieces, and imagery, into specific exhibits like Very Valentino – showcasing dresses, and accompanied sketches and photography, from the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, and 00′s; and Themes & Variations which groups designs by similar themes like color and texture.  I couldn’t explore the entire space in one sitting, which I appreciate since it gives me an opportunity to digest all the works more carefully at in my own time – the one thing I regret about the Met’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.   The downloadable digital format of the Valentino Virtual Museum will also serve as a great study aid and reference library for fashion nerds and history buffs.  But for now let’s just ooh and ahh!

 

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