Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future

Even wonder what does Haute Couture means?
Haute couture (French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”; pronounced: [ot kutyʁ], English pronunciation: /ˌoʊt kuːˈtʊər/) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture is a common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in spirit.

Only certain fashion houses are allowed by law to use the term Haute Couture. They must present to the press in Paris twice a year a collection of a minimum of 50 pieces, for day and evening. The collection must be made in their own workrooms with 20 or more workers, and they must show the collection in-house, in dedicated salons.

At Valentino, the price for such a piece starts from $100,000 Euros.

So the good folks at Cozycot and I were hosted by the exhibitors and taken through this wonderful exhibition of Valentino’s ‘legacy’. We loved what we saw, even the boys were taken :)

About the Exhibition

One hundred pieces of exquisite haute couture designs by Italian maestro, Valentino Garavani, will be featured in a curated exhibition at Resorts World
Sentosa (RWS) from 22 December 2010 to 13 February 2011. The seven-week long show promises to take visitors into a world of timeless glamour and elegance.

The exhibition – ‘Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future’ – is developed by Paris’ celebrated institution Les Arts Décoratifs, and it will feature haute couture looks from founder Valentino Garavani’s early designs to present-day creations by current Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. It features pieces own by Valentino, and private collectors.

Here’s some of pictures I took

Amazing textures!

Dreams in chiffon

And some rather distinct pieces 😀

Location: Resorts World Sentosa RSW
22 December 2010 – 13 February 2011

Operating Hours:

11am – 8pm (Sundays to Thursdays)*
11am – 11pm (Fridays, Saturdays, eve of public holidays and public holidays)*
11am- 11pm (4th- 13th February 2011)

Various discounts available for DBS and Mastercard holders.