A lunch date with Valentino

So I finally got myself along to the Valentino, Retrospective: Past, Present, Future exhibition which is currently on display at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. I thought going during the week, before lunch would mean there wouldn’t be a huge crowd … boy was I wrong. Given the high representation of older citizens, I’m thinking I must have unfortunately timed my Valentino visit with pension pay day.

Still, mum and I really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful garments, and did our best to guess which era each item was from (we got a fair few wrong, but didn’t do too badly). The workmanship on each piece is outstanding and many of the designs are absolutely breathtaking.

Some of the garments I could only appreciate from a design or artistic perspective, others I appreciated because they contained elements of great beauty, while others I fell in love with because they were stunningly elegant and seemed to capture the true essence of feminine style.

While wandering the exhibition I did overhear many a funny conversation. Best of all was hearing one of the older ladies say to her friend (in reference to a beautiful Valentino gown from the 1960s), “Oh look … that’s very ‘now’ isn’t it? … I saw one just like it at ‘Noni B‘ yesterday ” … I got a little tickle out of that.

Anyway, after looking at all those beautiful suits and gowns displayed on disgustingly skinny mannequins, there was nothing else we could do but end our visit with a delicious lemon curd tart … yum!

What tasty treat (either visual, aural or edible) have you indulged in today?


  1. Kylie

    Next time, tell me when you’re popping in to GoMA β€” I will see if I can leave the confines of my office briefly and meet you for coffee!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Oh that’s such a lovely offer … I must certainly will let you know the next time I head to GoMA … in actual fact I’m never all that far away – I literally work in the building across the river. Meeting you, helping you escape the office, AND indulging in a coffee sounds like a most excellent idea! πŸ™‚

      1. Kylie

        Sounds like a plan to me! πŸ™‚

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Kylie – Great! I’ll check the work diary and we can tee up a time for a coffee and chat! πŸ™‚
          I’ll drop you a line next week.

  2. Erika Lee Sears

    Have you seen the Valentino documentary? It’s sooo good! He has like 10 fawn pugs that follow him around. I have 2 pugs and am in love with them!

    Indulging.. I bought Halloween candy for the trick-o-treaters for this weekend and my husband and I cracked open the bag and helped ourselves. I also indulged and bought and carved a pumpkin for halloween which was very festive of me. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – No, I haven’t seen the Valentino documentary yet … it’s been on my ‘must watch’ list for a while now (I love a good documentary … did you see The September Issue? … I really liked that). Now that I know Valentino has 10 pugs following him about the place, I’ll have to bring it to the very top of my watch list … sounds adorable!! Pugs are such cute little dogs and have such lovely personalities.

      Nice work being organised with the Halloween candy … I’m nowhere near that prepared. But I am glad to hear that you and your husband decided to have a little early indulgence for yourselves … sharing IS caring after all … πŸ˜‰
      Halloween must be an amazing experience in a place where it is fully embraced … though it does seem to be growing in popularity in Australia.

  3. Mel

    Sounds such fun πŸ™‚ And the lemon curd tart sounds yum!

    I’ve just eaten a slice of vanilla yogurt cake, that was a treat πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – It was a wonderful visit to the Gallery … and the dresses were a delight to see!
      The lemon curd tart was DIVINE … it’s one of my favourite kinds of sweets to be honest. Though that vanilla yogurt cake of yours sounds rather tasty as well! πŸ˜€

  4. Megan

    ahhh i’m so jealous! lucky you, it sounds fabulous. and a perfect ending as well. i induldged in my weekly afternoon tea at a cafe with my usual iced chocolate – with icecream and cream of course. creamy chocolattey deliciousness.

  5. Gabrielle Bryden

    I second Megan – sooooo jealous!!!!!! I want to see that collection – look at that red dress.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Oh I hope you can see the exhibition before it finishes … I think it wraps up on November 14. If you can fit in a visit to Brisbane before then, I’ll gladly accompany you for a return visit! πŸ™‚

      1. Gabrielle Bryden

        No chance I’m afraid – though I would have loved to have gone with you – just done way too much travelling this year, and it’s time to be homebodies for a while. Thanks for the offer πŸ™‚

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Gabrielle – It’s a shame you’ll miss the Valentino exhibition (but we can definitely catch up another time though).
          I completely understand that need to just be a homebody for a while … I think that’s actually my natural state! πŸ˜‰

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