Valentino: Des Ateliers Haute Couture 2021

By Alejandra Hernandez

It seemed like Pier Paolo Piccioli wanted us to remember why the Maison Valentino is what it is now. With 84 looks and a white dress code for guests, the show was simply breathtaking. If you want to revive Mr. Valentino’s own beautiful oeuvre, take a look at Piccioli’s way of transforming it into his very own.

Des Ateliers is a tribute to the city of Venice’s art and history with an osmosis between Piccioli and the art system. It was a clear dialogue with contemporary artists, helping us understand textiles, tailorings and artisans of the maison’s ateliers: Joel S. Allen, Wu Riu, Sofia Silva, Kerstin Bratsch, Anastasia Bay, Benni Bosetto, Katrin Bremermann, Guglielmo Castelli, Luca Coser, Andrea Respino, Maurizio Cili, Danilo Correale, Jamie Nares, Francis Offman, Alessandro Teoldi, Patricia Treib and Malte Zenses.

The haute couture pieces danced along to musical notes by Cosima making us understand how Piccioli mixed painting, sartorial gestures, contemporary art and clothing. Vibrant colors were shown as a clear sign that the all-white dress code was needed in order for us to watch and admire each and every piece on the runway in a unique way.

From jellyfish hats, to micro minis and trapeze silhouettes, the elegance of the Maison was mind-blowing. The show finished with look 84. This last beautiful creation required 700 hours of work, 107 meters of fabric and custom screens for hand-printing. The last memory of the show was a line of rainbow colors and elegant pieces that made us feel beauty and emotion all at once.

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