The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

Glamour of Italian Fashion Exhibition, first room, Victoria and Albert Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum 2013

Glamour of Italian Fashion Exhibition, first room, Victoria and Albert Museum. Victoria and Albert Museum 2013

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is the first major exhibition to explore Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It examines the craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories.

On display are around 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, by the leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace alongside the work of forgotten post-war designers such as the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta as well as garments by the emerging Italian fashion talent of today. The clothes will be brought to life with film and fashion photography of the period. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style. It includes both women’s and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.

Project Lead:

Sonnet Stanfill, Curator

Project Assistant:

Lucia Savi, Research Assistant

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