Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spotlight: Valentino & Versace

A Valentino red silk dress, left, Versace suit on right.

Another interesting pairing coming out of the A to Z approach of The Great Designers, Part One, now on view at The Museum at FIT, is found at the letter “V,” with Valentino and Versace placed side by side. I think of them as opposites—Valentino’s focus is on elegance, beauty and exquisite detailing, while Versace’s aesthetic is more brash, edgier, oozing sex appeal and celebrity obsession—so I love how the qualities of these two very different designers are amplified when their work is in juxtaposition to one another.

The red silk Valentino evening gown shown here is from his final haute couture collection in 2008 and a gift to The Museum at FIT from Valentino himself. It is also one of the favorite pieces of Jennifer Farley, one of the co-curators of the show.

Versace skirt suit of multicolor cotton and silk and rhinestone buttons, 1991. This suit features an Andy Warhol print with actors James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.

I love the neckline of this gown and how the silk drapes down from the shoulder. Can’t you see it fluttering behind the lucky lady wearing this beauty?

Also, have I ever mentioned that I want Valentino and Giancarlo to adopt me so I can live at their Ch√Ęteau de Wideville just outside of Paris and be the caretaker of the Valentino archives?

The Great Designers, Part One is on view until May 8, 2012. The second half of the exhibit, The Great Designers, Part Two, will open May 23, 2012.

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue and 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-8PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Admission is free


Adrienne said...

Can I come with you to Paris? I would gladly be your assistant :)

The red Valentino is stunning. I can picture you wearing it and you look magnificent.

xo, A

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Ok...I think you must have at least TWO assistants for PARIS!! Please, I must go along as well...I wish just for one time in my life I would have an occasion to attend where I could wear a dress like this red one! Fabulous!

Serene said...

Valentino is my absolute FAVORITE designer...Hands down! Seriously! He makes the most amazingly feminine works of art...truly his pieces are works of art! Love this post! ~Serene

sacramento said...

I would love to be adopted too.
Love the Versace suit, even If I don´t like Dinatella, LOL

Ssally said...

This thread has great information on shopping. A friend of mine told me about this cool app that allows you to get instant feedback from your Facebook friends on whether you should buy something or not (for themselves or as a gift). Here's the link - I think the app is coming out around Black Friday but you can sign up now:

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

I really need to get down to the FIT museum more often!