Starting December 14th 2010 and continuing through February 15, 2011, you can see a one-of-a-kind exhibit at Resorts World Sentosa. See some of the most famous and iconic dresses designed by Valentino, who retired from fashion in 2007.
Entry is $12 for adults, and no flash photography is allowed.
The black, white and grey serve as a lovely backdrop to the fashion (except the red area has a red backdrop).
The dresses are partially organized by color…like the whites and the reds.
There’s some signage and some black and white images on the walls but the majority of the information comes from the cards next to the individual outfits.
Personally, I think it would have been more interesting to have organized the clothing by age, and to watch the evolution of Valentino’s fashion over the decades. To see trends emerge, fall to the side and return. As it is, other than the color sections and a few that are organized instead by themes, like a lot of outfits with feathers, it’s difficult to understand the rationale of why the clothes were organized the way they were.
Even so, this is a rare chance to get this close to couture fashion. To see the sorts of dresses you only get to see on TV or in magazines up close.
Some of my favorite displays are the ones that are placed more in the middle of a room or on the end, so that you can see all the angles of the dress.
If you like fashion, I think it’s a wonderful way to spend an hour or so.
The exhibit wasn’t overly crowded, so there was plenty of time to examine the dresses. The low lighting and the quiet atmosphere contribute to the same kind of hushed reverence you only usually experience in a church. Which, to fashionistas, a display of Valention’s work just might qualify for a religious experience.
The exhibit is, again, at Resort World Sentosa through mid Feburary.