Giambattista Valli’s couture show was inspired by the rambling flowers of a British garden, held in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Petit Palais.
His collection utilized everything from myriad sequins gradating in a way almost imperceptible to the naked eye, to velvet découpé on organza, to a collision of jeweled beading and layers of macramé. Valli based all this on the collision between the fecund yet untamed nature depicted in the book The Wild Garden, and the draped, noble garb worn by centuries worth of sculptural goddesses – these goddess gowns required up to 50 yards of fabric apiece.
“I don’t work for museums, I don’t work for archives — I really work to dress real women,” Valli said.
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