Before I arrived in Roma I had this vision of the woman: air and ice - elegant creatures in haute couture and Amalfi coast tans - La Bella Figura. Well I don't see much of that on the number 84 bus in the morning or even at the opera - though I must admit there where some dressed-to-the-nines woman the night we went to the opera at the Baths of Caracella. I realize now they may well have been tourists.
But for five months in late summer and early fall there was a place where feminine elegance was supreme here in Roma. The newly housed Ara Pacis was the venue for a retrospective celebrating 45 years of the fashion style of Valentino.
Visually it was a stunning use of the incredible space that is the Ara Pacis and curators Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfredo created colour groups that had impact and excitement. I honestly couldn't believe that I spent two hours the first visit and over an hour the second looking at an exhibit of haute couture.
Its taken a while to get this video together - mostly because I can't seem to get any music download that Windows Movie Maker finds usable. I know its a little long but there was so much to see and as always I took way to many photographs. Please let me know how it works as I may have to break it down into segments.
13 novembre - San Diego D'Alcalà