By  on July 9, 2007

ROME — In ancient Rome, citizens would visit the Ara Pacis — an intricately etched altar built to celebrate peace under Emperor Augustus — and place flowers and fruit on its marble stairs. Leave it to Valentino to surround it with chic.

As part of his anniversary celebration, the designer selected almost 300 couture dresses for the retrospective exhibition "Valentino in Rome: 45 Years of Style," artfully placing them around the Altar of Peace, which since last spring has had a new home in the glass and travertine Richard Meier-designed museum Ara Pacis.

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