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From Hollywood to Royalty, if there’s one name that represents exquisite elegance, it’s Valentino.

Valentino Garavani - Valentino: Master of Couture Press View

The legendary designer has created impeccable, classic gowns for the world’s most glamorous women, from Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren to Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Now a new London exhibition is bringing together more than 130 of his handcrafted designs, showcasing the intricate detailing that has gone into couture dresses.

Valentino: Master of Couture shows some of the world’s most recognizable gowns. The exhibition at Somerset House in London focuses on haute couture, luxurious hand-embroidered, sewn and even painted gowns.

Each gown literally took hundreds of hours of painstaking work to make. Highlights include an elaborate, pearl-encrusted wedding dress for Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, which took 25 seamstresses and four months to complete.

Visitors will also see original sketches by Valentino, as well as videos showing the techniques that his seamstresses used in creating the garments.

The couture creations truly are a work of art for the very few women in the world that could afford to wear them. For the rest of us who have only drooled over magazines and dreamed of wearing Valentino, well here is your chance to catch a glimpse of a true fashion legend’s work.

The exhibition opens Thursday and runs through March

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