Developed by Paris’ renowned institution Les Arts Décoratifs, Valentino, Retrospective Past/Present/Future explores the work of celebrated fashion house, Valentino – curtseying to some of the world’s most definitive fashion moments.

Valentino Evening Gown Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2007-08 (Photographer: Chris Moore, Catwalking)

The exhibition will be held at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art from August 7 until November 14 2010.

Worn by the likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor, Valentino‘s style is based on sober yet sophisticated shapes with pieces constructed to give fluidity, femininity and sensuality.

Valentino Evening Ensemble Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2007-08 (Photographer: Chris Moore, Catwalking)

His cuts are graphic, his fabrics sumptuous, and his collections always brushed with a vast colour range boasting elegant embellishment.

Valentino, Retrospective Past/Present/Future invites spectators to embrace the history and experience the evolution of Valentino with haute couture from the first collection designed in 1959 through to work from the Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 archive drawn by new Creative Directors: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

Valentino Evening Gown Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2007-08 (Photographer: Antonia de Moraes Barros Filho)

The first couture house outside of Paris to be officially recognised by the French Government, Valentino brings 100 ensembles down under for those with a penchant for timeless glamour.

Prepare to lay eyes on that stunning black and white gown worn by Julia Roberts to the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001 along with selections from 1968s White Collection as well as signature Valentino Red dresses – including one from the courtier’s first collection, Fiesta – a strapless cocktail number draped in tulle from Spring/Summer 1959.

Cate Blanchett wearing a Valentino dress featured in the exhibition

Truly a feast for the style savvy, more than five decades of influential design are currently on their way to Queensland’s sunny shores.

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