Archive for August 2013

Grace M. Castro
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Miami Fashion Gallery Curates Ode to Italian Alta Moda
The Fourth Show of the Keni Valenti Gallery to Highlight the
Elegance and Opulence of Italian Fashion with Historical Pieces

Vintage Italian Alta Moda gets a revival at the Keni Valenti Gallery, a soon expanding Fashion Museum, located at 2612 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, with yet another awe-inspiring and educational showcase of Valenti’s ever-growing collection of fashion rich in culture.

Featured vintage pieces include the Italian house Emilio Pucci, who recently opened a third luxury locale in South Florida, Emilio Federico Schuberth, best known in the 1940's and 1950's for dictating fashion to stars of cinema, noble ladies, and the famous, Sorelle Fontana, Fabiani, Princess Irene Galitzine, famous for her Palazzo Pyjama, and many other top items worn by and acquired through the estate of Doris Duke, an American Tobacco heiress, art collector, and philanthropist.

Helping to curate the collection amassed over a 40-year period is Italian born Fashion Stylist and Costume Designer Anna Chu, whose profile boasts collaborations with major celebrities, photographers, and publications such as Vanity Fair. Chu helped arrive at the Italian Alta Moda theme for the Gallery’s fourth show after finding herself surrounded and inspired by Valenti’s collection of 100 plus pieces now down to a 24-piece exhibit.

The Italian Alta Moda exhibit is open to the public beginning Saturday, September 14, 2013, with RSVP to Visitors on opening night will be welcomed with a sampling of Rex Goliath fruit-forward flavored wines. For a pre-meet-and-greet, the public can also RSVP to to join Keni Valenti and Anna Chu in conversation on Italian fashion Friday, September 13, 2013 during the Miami Fashion Film Festival at O Cinema Wynwood.


Vogue Magazine, W, and New York Magazine have crowned Keni Valenti the "King'" and for over 30 years he has been a designer, fashion expert, and historian for the industry. Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Cavalli, Dior - name any fashion house and Valenti has had a hand in steering new design through his collection's perspective. Ten years ago, the legendary gallerist, curator, and all around art maverick Holly Solomon, telephoned Valenti having heard that he was collecting important fashion pieces. Valenti suggested to her the idea of a fashion gallery where fashion could be presented as art - and she said, "That's BLEEPING genius.” The "Pop Princess and the King" were unable to launch that idea in New York due to her untimely death, but a few years later and with a few thousand design pieces added to the collection, Valenti essentially moved the 20th century down to beautiful Miami and into the art world of Wynwood to do just that. The Keni Valenti Gallery is located at 2612 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127