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Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future

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Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future catalogue cover

Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future

Pamela Golbin, with a foreword by
Valentino Garavani
312 pages hardcover colour illustrations
RRP $75.00 (Out of Print)

The name 'Valentino' has been synonymous with high fashion for almost 50 years. The first couture house recognised by the French government outside of Paris, Valentino’s exquisite designs are coveted and worn by young Hollywood and high society the world over.

On the occasion of his last couture collection, presented in Paris in the spring of 2008, this landmark book celebrates Valentino’s remarkable career. Published in association with the prestigious exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ famed costume department in Paris, this publication focuses on Valentino’s haute couture creations, highlighting the most important and iconic creations of his 49-year career through recurring themes in Valentino’s work — variations on the ideas of volume, line, and texture as well as motifs such as geometry, pleats, and flowers — through sketches, fabric samples, and new photography.

Featuring unprecedented photography by Francois Halard of Valentino’s last fittings and backstage of his runway show, this in-depth critical survey of Valentino’s contribution to French haute couture, as well as his role as the king of Italian fashion by the 2008 exhibition’s curator, Pamela Golbin, will ensure that this book is the definitive study on Valentino for years to come.

The catalogue for this exhibition has now sold out.

'Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future' is at the Gallery of Modern Art from 7 August to 14 November 2010.

Exhibition designed and realised by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, with the assistance of the Valentino fashion house. Organised in Australia by the Queensland Art Gallery and Art Exhibitions Australia.