This major new exhibition celebrating the couture designs of Valentino showcases more than 130 dresses, gowns and suits worn by the designer’s fans, such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow, in an unusual — and highly interactive — installation created specially for Somerset House. The exhibition replicates a couture fashion show, with visitors actually walking the runway to view the designs, which include the pale ivory lace dress that Kennedy wore to marry Aristotle Onassis in 1968; the black velvet evening gown with white ribbons that Julia Roberts donned for the Academy Awards in 2001, and Princess Marie-Chantal’s wedding gown from 1995. The show also includes a host of daywear looks, personal photographs and couture-show invitations from the archives at Valentino’s 17th-century Château de Wideville, near Paris. The show runs until March 3. — W. D.M.
Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, South Wing, WC2R 1LA