Forever Valentino exhibition at M7, a stroll through the history of fashion

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The exhibition presents more than 200 Valentino Haute Couture pieces and 96 accessories.

Visitors to the ‘Forever Valentino’ exhibition will enjoy a panoramic view of the Maison Valentino showcasing the beloved brand as the exhibit evokes the captivating city of Rome, where the brand was founded in 1959.

The collection on display at M7, Msheireb Downtown Doha and presented by Qatar Creates and Qatar Museums takes visitors on an ethereal journey through time, highlighting Valentino’s past and present, spread across 16 rooms. It also pays homage to Valentino founder Valentino Garavani, who turned 90 this year, as well as to the House’s ongoing legacy of Haute Couture.

From the Valentino shades of red collection, to the pink room and a representation of the Spanish Steps in Rome, a tribute to the Valentino Couture Fall 2022 show, to the museum collection and the cinema hall, visitors can enjoy of the fashion trip from Saturday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibition runs until April 1, 2023. The Forever Valentino app also offers more information about the iconic and unique fashion pieces on display.

‘Forever Valentino’ is curated by New Museum New York Artistic Director Massimilano Gioni and fashion critic Alexander Fury, in collaboration with Pier Paolo Piccioli, Creative Director at Valentino.

The exhibition is the largest ever dedicated to the Maison Valentino and is the first presentation in the Middle East.

Speaking to The Peninsula after a tour of the exhibit, Issa Al Shirawi, project manager at Qatar Museums, said the “emotional” exhibit would bring visitors closer to the brand.

“The exhibition is quite moving. It’s an emotional exposition, and we want it to bring out emotions, whether it’s happiness or if it’s a bit of nostalgia. And that’s what you see because of the range of dresses, music, sound, video and archival footage. You are moved by this. I think it’s up to the visitor to define what they want to say about an exhibition,” said Al Shirawi.

The exhibition features more than 200 Valentino Haute Couture pieces and 96 accessories on La Rosa mannequins. It includes rarely seen ensembles designed for some of the most influential people and celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Zendaya and more. The exhibition also features sets from the private collection of H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

According to Al Shirawi, the organizers want visitors to be educated, which is one of the defining principles of this exhibition. He said the goal was to educate not only creatives but also others about the history, heritage and development of the brand, but also on a more practical level when it comes to the design process.

“The exhibition, in general, is great to have at the moment for several reasons. The first is that Maison Valentino is very near and dear to Qatar. It is one of his favorite brands in particular. part of M7’s mission and vision as a fashion and design incubator serving the creative cultural economy,” added Al Shirawi.

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