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 Château 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.
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