To celebrate the 45th anniversary of his fashion empire, Valentino Garavani returned to Rome for a three day event highlighting his work from the past and present. The event launched July 6th at the Richard Meier designed Ara Pacis Museum with a retrospective exhibit featuring sketches and three hundred garments. Valentino a Roma: 45 Years of Style, will run through October 28 and is accompanied by a limited edition oversized monograph from Taschen. An Art Edition adds four signed prints.
To conclude the day, Valentino threw an evening party at the Temple of Venus and Roma near the Colosseum. Inspired to design by stars of cinema, Valentino’s couture gained world fame on the Oscar red carpet. Appropriately, Academy Award winning Production Designer Dante Ferretti revitalized the temple remnants specifically for the occasion, adding iconic internally lit fiberglass Corinthian columns.
According to a first-hand account via eternallycool.net, the columns “were slowly illuminated as the sun set behind the Roman Forum.” Valentino’s simple philosophy of beauty was shared that evening with “a colossal and nude Venus that gazed enviously across the designer-clad crowd of 300… from a giant niche facing the Colosseum.”