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“Great Valentino exhibition” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Somerset House

Somerset House
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Owner description: Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art, design and fashion exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors. The Trust's mission is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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“Great Valentino exhibition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Superb exhibition of some outstandingly beautiful gowns (and some shockers from the '70's!) . It really makes you appreciate just exactly what goes into the making of couture gowns. The detailing on some of them was amazing and great to learn the correct terms for some of the techniques used. Absolutely fascinating and well worth a visit. Staff very friendly and don't leave after looking at the gowns - carry on downstairs to see the wedding gown, video and examples of techniques as described on the gowns.

Visited January 2013
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“2 great exhibitions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Valentino was good, great number and quality of dresses etc.
But, the Tim alker (photogropher) exhebition was outstanding

Visited January 2013
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“Underwhelmed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

The Valentino exhibit was a big letdown. I breezed down the walkway because nothing really caught my eye. All the pieces seemed too packed together and the name cards didn't add anything to the dresses. If there were photos of the dress being worn by person on the name card, then maybe I'd understand it I would have rather them put the dress descriptions on the cards instead of the little booklet they hand you at the beginning to guide you through the hallway.

Plus, I actually nearly missed the "grand finale"…I assumed the walkway was all there was to the exhibit but a nice staff member stopped me when she noticed me leaving fairly quickly after entering. I'm glad she did, but not because of the wedding dress (which seemed like a riff off the Kate Middleton display at Buckingham Palace). There are great swatches of fabric and step-by-step videos downstairs that really show off the craftsmanship behind each dress. I felt like I was standing by one of the screens for 15 minutes straight because I didn't want to miss each segment. Maybe it would've been easier though if they broke up the videos into smaller chunks. I felt like the biggest crowd was around the screens because there were only 4 and it took a good amount of time to finish the whole video clip.

Visited January 2013
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“A beautiful exhibition in lovely surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Friendly and welcoming staff, working to support the Valentino Couture exhibition. An amazing opportunity to get really close to some of the most beautiful and iconic dresses created by Valentino Garravani, from the 1950's to date. The videos of how dirrent decorateive effects are achieved kept me spellbound for ages, a real insight into the work of the atelier.
The Valentino online Museum video is worth watching.
Shop a little disappointing but a wonderful experience.
You realy should book your tickets online, and go early, as queues started to form fairly quickly after we left at 12.00.

Visited January 2013
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“If you could only visit one art gallery in London, this is it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Seriously, I am not a big fan of endless galleries of crowded people and crowded paintings. Way too much to take in and half way through I just want to leave. Do not get me wrong I love art just not the monster galleries. At Somerset House it appears they took at great collection and boiled down, distilled it, to just the very best. Ranging from early renaissance to impressionist the works are comfortably displayed in small salons on two upper floors of a building which itself is a work of art by William Chambers. Ruebens, Picasso, Manet, Gainsbourgh all await you. Since everyone else is at the National Gallery you will have to share them with only a few other art lovers.

Visited January 2013
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