For frock-lovers of all ages, an early holiday present will be delivered on December 5th. Starting that day, the epically romantic Italian designer Valentino Garavani and his partner Giancarlo Giammetti will open a virtual museum, focusing on his work from the past fifty years. Included will be 5,000 images--from illustrations to photographs--and 95 fashion show videos that show the Valentino's work.
Per the press announcement: "The virtual museum is a downloadable desktop application connected to an online database that uses a real time 3D technology to create an immersive environment. Content is arranged in a museum layout where users explore the different galleries and wings covering what would be over 10,000 square meters in an actual museum. Over 300 dresses from the Valentino Garavani archive were captured for the museum and are organized by theme. Also, content such as sketches, illustrations, advertising campaigns, editorials and red carpet as well as event photos provide a story to go with each dress. Special events and exhibitions from the pair's history are celebrated with photos and video - from the 1968 White Collection to the 2011 White Fairy Tale Love Ball."