>> A slowish internet connection prevented me from fully enjoying the delights of the Valentino Garavini Virtual Museum, which needs to be downloaded onto your computer to be used along with a fairly stable internet connection.  I was thinking that perhaps the idea of Virtual Museum on a computer was going to be slightly naff – a little like placing a fashion exhibition in a Sims game with my grumbling at the pixelated quality of everything.  I take it back.  Now that I'm back at home with my mahussive iMac screen, I have gotten well and truly lost in this exhibition.  I'm sure most of you have had a go on it but if there are any naysayers out there, I suggest hooking up a computer to a TV screen or trying it on a bigger screen because for me, it makes all the difference.    

Obviously I'm most please that my bum is plonked firmly on seat and yet I've apparently navigated the physical equivalent space of 10,000 square metres containing over 5,000 images and 300 dresses that can be zoomed into minute detail, broken up into theme and decade.  It's a mouse drag and click work out though and adjusting the initial settings of zoom speed, screen resolution and sound volume will enhance this experience greatly but it takes nothing away from the sheer amount of imagery delight the museum provides, something that other houses could surely emulate in breadth and organisation.  

I'll leave those to have a go at it if you haven't yet (and yes, downloading a 30mb programme is one extra step that might prevent a few people from trying out it out) but for now, I can't help but Tumblr-spew a ton of images that I quickly screen grabbed from my visit to the museum.  It feels weird just saying that.  More of this thing they call the future please, if this is how fashion can be communicated to all, negating geography and financial status.  

Shalom Harlow photographed by Satoshi Saikusa for the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1993-4 campaign.

Veruschka wears Haute Couture Spring/Sumer 1969. Photographed by Franco Rubartelli for Linea Italiana, 1969.

Veruschka wears Haute Couture Spring/Sumer 1967. Photographed by Franco Rubartelli, 1967.

Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1972. Photographed by Jean-Jacques Bugat for Vogue Italia, 1972.

Benedetta Barzini wears Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1968-9 and Mirella Petteni wears Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1968-9. Photographed by Henry Clarke for Vogue USA, 1968.

Jeanette Christiansen wears Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1971 and Isa Stoppi wears Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1971. Photographed by Chris Von Wagenheim, 1971.

Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1989-90. Marie Claire Italia, 1989.

Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1996-7. Donna, 1996.


Photographed by Deborah Turbeville for the Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1977-8 campaign.

Lisa Ratliffe wears Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1972-3. Photographed by Tim Walker for "Valentino's Red Book", Rizzoli, 2000.

Photographed by Then for the Valentino Bijoux Fall/Winter 1988-9 campaign.

Trish Goff, Stella Tennant and Kirsty Hume photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 1996 campaign.

Melanie Thierry wears Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1959. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for "Valentino's Red Book", Rizzoli, 2000.

Grace Jones photographed by Jean-Paul Goude for Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 1983 campaign.

Sayoko Yamaguchi photographed by Noriaky Yokosuka for Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1983 campaign.

Valentino Bodywear Spring/Summer 1983 campaign photographed by Helmut Newton.


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  1. GIAA

    2011-12-12 at 11:00 PM

    wow these are absolutely stunning.

  2. Bella

    2011-12-12 at 11:03 PM

    Awesome pictures!!! Oh to be a model back in the day when you had true supermodels!!! So beautiful!
    Bella xo

  3. Marcia

    2011-12-13 at 12:00 AM

    The Valentino Virtual Museum is an amazing creation, and proves how far technology had go. However, I already saw most of the photos in reference books, though it’s nice to see some vintage Valentino photographs.

  4. James G

    2011-12-13 at 2:02 AM

    Wow, I can’t believe how young Stella Tennant looks.

  5. Beckerman Girls

    2011-12-13 at 4:54 AM

    Holy AMAZZZZING! All of these images are just soooo gorgeous! it’s oh so cool to see the supermodels ! And the outfits are STILLLLLL that FABULOUS!!!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  6. Ophelia

    2011-12-13 at 7:16 AM

    Love the first photograph!

  7. leeloos

    2011-12-13 at 3:09 PM

    last two are my favourites!

  8. Samuel Delesque

    2011-12-13 at 9:10 PM

    great set of photos 🙂

    • Nona

      2015-01-13 at 4:37 AM

      I was sesouirly at DefCon 5 until I saw this post.

    • viraga

      2015-01-24 at 9:05 PM

      That’s more than sensible! That’s a great post!

  9. DressedWell

    2011-12-14 at 11:34 AM

    Really interesting Photos!

  10. YueYuan

    2011-12-14 at 1:38 PM

    wow I like that’s pictures. Valenti fine work very sophisticated,from the whole to every little detail perfect. luxury ,Furama expensive,cool scorching

  11. yueyuan

    2011-12-14 at 1:43 PM

    I real like that’s very much. please reply me after you decide.

  12. J.

    2011-12-14 at 2:34 PM

    While we are at the positive side of internet, can we talk about the Vogue Archives project? It is pretty awesome.

  13. susie_bubble

    2011-12-14 at 2:39 PM

    I’ve not been on it yet but I might cough up the money for the subscription….

  14. Madeline

    2011-12-14 at 5:30 PM

    Never should have shelled out for that Valentino coffee table book a few years ago if I had known this was coming along. This is much more thorough and enlightening, if that word can be applied here.

  15. Selin

    2011-12-14 at 8:42 PM

    these are gorgeous!!!

  16. James Kenny Photo

    2011-12-15 at 3:19 PM

    stunning images…

  17. change of season

    2011-12-15 at 9:58 PM

    Fantastico!! We love Valentino!! Great image choices!

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