This past Wednesday I got the honor of working backstage for a very special event at the former Whitney Museum. Valentino’s creative directors; Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a special limited edition couture collection in honor of Valentino’s new Fifth Avenue flagship store location and a celebration of the Valentino’s 1968 all white collection at the Sala Bianca in Florence.
Not until the early 1960s Italy was recognize as a fashion capital . Before that, France was the prime go to place for all the fashion buyers and lovers alike. In 1951, Italian businessman Giovanni Battista Giorgini noticed the fashion void and the opportunity to make Italy a fashionable mecca. He held a fashion presentation at Sala Bianca showcasing works from Italy’s most promising and talented fashion designer, and invited buyers from American stores. The show was a success, and a year later the businessman transferred the fashionable presentations to Sala Bianca, an all white hall in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Mr. Valentino showed his first collection at Sala Bianca 10 years later.
Below are the looks that stole my heart last Wednesday. Beautiful intricate fabric manipulation was the main component of the collection. Such as the detailed work shown on the look below, extraordinary craftsmanship.
Photos courtesy of Valentino