With an exhibit of approximately 300 dresses and rare archival materials, "Valentino a Roma: 45 Years of Style" is the great retrospective celebrating the 45 years of creativity of Valentino through a spectacular staging at the Museum of Ara Pacis putting Rome, once again, at the centre of the international fashion and glamour. Perfect synthesis of classicism and modernity, the Museum, recently renovated and extended by the great architect Richard Meier, is both an invitation to peace among people and symbol of the new futuristic vocation of Rome: the ideal place to host the work of the couturier who, more than anyone else, puts together an ageless ideal of beauty and its shapes during the natural evolution of seasons and fashion. The exhibit develops inside and around the Ara Pacis, the altar among the most significant evidences of art in Augustus age, symbol of peace and prosperity, and it creates an exact chronological perspective, visible to passers-by on the outside to emphasize the relationship between Valentino to Rome. Following the structure of the Museum, the exhibit shows on the second floor the real exposition with the most significant creations, contrasting and at the same time cohabiting with the sacred presence of the altar and the modernity of Meier's architecture. On the first floor, instead, the history of the maison: its archives and the dresses that many famous women have worn for the most important occasions, making Valentino the universal icon of fashion.