Jackie Kennedy"s wedding dress is the star of a glamorous new Valentino exhibition to open at Somerset House

Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress is the star of a glamorous new Valentino exhibition to open at Somerset House

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16:49 GMT, 3 August 2012

A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will open at Somerset House this November.

'Valentino: Master of Couture' will be a glamorous exhibition focusing exclusively on haute couture created by the legendary Italian designer.

With a 50-year career starting in the late 1950s this exhibition will showcase over 130 hand-crafted designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow.

'Valentino: Master of Couture' will be a glamorous exhibition focusing exclusively on haute couture created by the legendary Italian designer

'Valentino: Master of Couture' will be a glamorous exhibition focusing exclusively on haute couture created by the legendary Italian designer

A prophetic designer and creator of exquisite, beautiful clothes, this is Valentino as he has never been seen before.

Featuring dresses from the couture catwalk and red carpet, as well as designs commissioned by private clients, this exhibition brings together a comprehensive collection of couture, much of which has never been seen outside the Valentino atelier.

The exhibition will give visitors a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of Valentino’s world, allowing them to experience the thrill of walking the runway and reveal Valentino’s craftsmanship.

The exhibition will give visitors a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of Valentinos world, allowing them to experience the thrill of walking the runway and reveal Valentinos craftsmanship

The exhibition will give visitors a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of Valentinos world, allowing them to experience the thrill of walking the runway and reveal Valentinos craftsmanship

'Each of these designs have a beautiful story,' says Valentino.

'The atelier crafted each so diligently by hand, taking hours, sometimes days to complete. The details are incredibly intricate, though outside the runway shows and events, the dresses have rarely been seen, so to be able to showcase these designs at Somerset House, where they can be seen in great detail by the public, is very unique.'

Known for his long-standing relationships with the world’s most glamorous women, Valentino has designed for princesses, first ladies and Hollywood icons.

As a result, exhibition highlights will include the vintage dress worn by Julia Roberts when she won an Academy Award in 2001, Jackie Onassis’s wedding dress from Valentino’s 1968 White Collection and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown, which the New York socialite wore to marry Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in 1995.

The new exhibition includes Jackie Kennedy Onassis' wedding dress from Valentinos 1968 White Collection

The new exhibition includes Jackie Kennedy Onassis' wedding dress from Valentinos 1968 White Collection

The exhibition design for Valentino: Master of Couture has been created specially for Somerset House by internationally renowned design team Kinmonth Monfreda, long time collaborators of Valentino, and realised in collaboration with Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti.

The exhibition has been curated by Alistair O’Neill for Somerset House with Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda.

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The exhibition promises to be a unique insight into the designer's work

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The exhibition shows off the best of Valentino's glitz and glamour

It promises to be a unique experience for each visitor and unseen personal photographs, couture invitations and images of Valentino at work and play from his personal archive in Wideville, France.

For Valentino: Master of Couture, Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries will be transformed into a glamorous couture catwalk.

Gwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House said: 'We are delighted to welcome Valentino to Somerset House and show off his beautiful designs in such a spectacular way.'