Editor's Note

Craftsmanship and national identity are two of the subjects that crop up frequently in our new series of films made to mark the soon-to-open exhibition, 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014' – as do some slightly less expected themes. You will have to watch them to find out. You will learn about what makes esteemed fashion houses Rubinacci, Valentino, Etro, Fausto Puglisi, Gucci and Missoni tick – and will get a true insider's perspective on the industry from Vogue Italia editor-in-cheif, Franca Sozzani.

If that is not enough Italian fashion for you, the new issue of V&A Magazine might be just the thing. It features covers designed especially for the issue by the creative directors of Gucci and Valentino, and includes articles on Italian fashion by Colin McDowell, Carlo Brandelli and Philippa Watkins.

A "library of textiles" is how curator Edwina Ehrman described the Clothworkers' Centre. The centre, which is located at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia, is an absolute feast for anyone interested fashion and textiles. We have made a series of films that look at different aspects of the collection at the centre.

V&A Magazine

No.33: Spring 2014

 

Colin McDowell provides an eyewitness account of how the Italian fashion industry ...