Valentino brings couture to New York

28/12/2014

via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 New York December 2014
"I realised that after black and white there was no finer colour." Valentino Garavani

Years ago, in one of his conversations with Colin McDowell Valentino Garavani said that he knew everything about couture. And not only knew, he created it in every single form possible and presented his art in Florence, Rome and Paris.

via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca July 1962 Florence
In July 1962 in the last hour on the last day of the Autumn shows the young designer was given an opportunity to present a collection that became known as Sala Bianca. The designs were showcased at the stunning ball room, the White Hall, of the Palazzo Pitti, the Cathedral of the Italian Alta Moda between 1951 and 1982, built in 1458 and bought by the Medici family in 1549. Overnight, Valentino Garavani was famous internationally.

via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca
In 1964 he was approached by Jacqueline Kennedy who not only became designers customer, but also chose a Valentino dress for the wedding with Aristotle Onassis. The gown was a part of the Sfilata Bianca collection shown in 1968. If Valentino was a fashion darling of the global press and buyers before, Sfilata Bianca (and its connection to Jackie Onassis) was the final step in conquering the States and securing his position as one of the best and most influential fashion designers of our time.

via fashioned by love | Jackie Kennedy wedding to Aristotle Onassis in Valentino Sfiata Bianca 1968 couture dress
On 10 December 2014 at New York's 945 Madison Avenue, for the first time in history of haute couture, Maria Grazia Chuiri and Pierpaolo Piccioli hosted Sala Bianca 945 runway show.

Valentino Sala Bianca 1962 and 2014
Inspired by both Sala Bianca and Sfilata Bianca, the 47 all-white looks were shown at the Marcel Breuer "non-colour" Whitney Museum building and created by the Maison's talented duo to celebrate the opening of the global Valentino store.

Located at 963 Fifth Avenue, the 1.860 square meter space was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee and became the largest global flagship of the brand.

Undoubtedly, such an event would require a special collection, with a nod to the past, Italian glamour, beautiful fabrics and spectacular craftsmanship. It was a homage to the traditions of the legendary fashion house, Valentino's love of art, history and allure and his ability to breath it into every collection.

via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture
via fashioned by love | Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Couture


8 comments:

  1. I am not a fan of the casting...

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  2. Perfection,really Beautiful simplicity by Valentino!.....
    Just absolutely great post with a real history of a real FASHION!!!
    Oh,HOW amazing and perfect is white:)))

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  3. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Natalia -hope 2015 brings you everything you wish for and more xx

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  4. Dear Natalia, what a true quote! Honestly I have a huge weakness for complete white looks and not only therefore to watch your excellent post was a pleasure for me! Hopefully you enjoyed the holidays so far <3

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
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    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  5. Just stunning! Love the glamour, the history and how it lives on into the present.

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  6. so pretty pics.. ; 0)

    xoxo

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  7. It is collections, and old stories, like these that remind me, even when I don't love a collection from Valentino one year, that the house will always be one of the greatest designers, and one of the greatest houses. What was done with while, both in 1968 and for this nostalgic review collection, is just astonishingly beautiful.
    xox,
    Cee

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  8. I've always loved Valentino. What a beautiful history! Those designs are superb.
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