Valentino, Royal Couture and Unexpected Pleasures: Three fashion exhibitions to see this Autumn/Winter


Tim Walker at Somerset House, Hollywood Costume at the V&A, and now Paul Smith at the Design Museum - London's galleries have gone fashion mad this Autumn/Winter. But it's not all about Dorothy's ruby red slippers at the V&A and Tim Walker's surreal fashion shoots - a crop of new exhibitions have arrived to sate your style appetite right up until Christmas. We preview the three exhibitions coming to town that we're most excited about.

  • Valentino: Master of Couture

    When: 29 November 2012

    Where: Somerset House

    How much: £12.50/£9 concessions

    An ode to the Italian master of haute couture and a red carpet favourite, 130 designs worn by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow will be on display, paired with a fascinating insight into the man himself.

    Valentino with models, 2007 © Lorenzo Agius

  • Valentino: Master of Couture

    Valentino dress fromS/S 1969, 2000 © Ruven Affanador

  • Valentino: Master of Couture

    1995 Spring Summer HC Romantic evening gown silver grey silk © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

  • Valentino: Master of Couture

    1998 Spring Summer HC Ivory hand-painted evening gown © Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

  • Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment

    When: 16th November – 23rd February 2013

    Where: Fashion and Textile Museum

    How much: £7 adults, £5 concessions

    A must for those obsessed with the history of haute couture and the Queen's wardrobe, this exhibition celebrates the timeless elegance of London couture and how the Queen’s patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped to establish London as an international fashion centre after the Second World War.

  • Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment

  • Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment

  • Unexpected Pleasures

    When: 05 December – 03 March 2013

    Where: Design Museum

    How much: £10.00 Adults, £9.00 Concessions

    Showcasing 130 of the most unusual jewellers in the world, Unexpected Pleasures will specialise in the weird and wacky of contemporary jewellery design. From shrimp bracelets to a giant pansy necklace, we can't wait to see these designs up close.

  • Unexpected Pleasures

  • Unexpected Pleasures

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