>> 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.