Ethereal substance- Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2020
Updated: Dec 2, 2020
Another week, another moment in fashion that I want to share with you guys that I believe will inspire you and help you cope with the sudden change in the world.
This week is all about Valentino and his new Couture show/ collection Fall 2020.
Haute Couture fashion is all about the custom-fitted garments that enable people to feel like they are part of a fantasy. They are not meant to be worn on a daily basis and they are usually made with high-end quality materials, they are very time consuming and finished with extreme details.
Haute Couture fashion has its own fashion week that enables creators to showcase their garments in a creative way, that portraits storytelling. Coming up with Covid-19 has enabled designers to showcase their art to a larger public via live streams but at the same time, the artistic portraits are more limited. In Valentino's case that didn't happen for Fall 2020.
The show entitled "The Performance: of Grace and Light, a dialogue between Pierpaolo Piccioli and Nick Knight” started with a small video showcasing models in a theatrical way, hanging from the ceiling. The whole aesthetic was captured in black and white and acknowledged the Italien movie-making industry. With the help of photographer Nick Knight, the show was placed in a different realm, a void of colours where the dresses of the models were the only light in the dark.
The show was live-streamed on the brand's website but hold a small audience in attendance, all taking place in Cinecittà Studio, the biggest film production studio in Europe. The music was a collaboration with FKA twigs, unreleased to the public until then.
It was not a runway, the models were suspended from the ceiling or standing on pillars in overwhelmed gowns. The exaggerations of the garments were the apogee of the show, the skirts and trains were triple in size giving an ethereal substance. The show wouldn't have been complete without the projection of flowers, flames and other natural elements on the white background of the dresses, shots taken by Knight.
The surrealism was a key aspect in Valentino's show, a standpoint in the brand's history that allowed the audience to enter a dreamscape. The pandemic has enabled designers to be more creative, to create a space that they can share and make the audience get swiped in their world.
In a virtual press conference, Pierpaolo Piccioli (Valentino's designer) said "I didn't want to feel the limitations. Couture is made for emotions, dreams"
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Courtesy of Valentino (2020) "The Performance: of Grace and Light, a dialogue between Pierpaolo Piccioli and Nick Knight” Accessed at https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2020-couture/valentino/slideshow/collection