Exhibition – The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014: About the Exhibition
5 April - 27 July 2014
This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style. It includes both womens and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.
The exhibition examines Italy's dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage. During the 1950s and '60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy. On display are around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.
Evening dress of embroidered net and matelasse coat
Evening dress of embroidered net and matelasse coat, designed by Mila Schön, 1966. Courtesy Maison Mila Schön. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Elizabeth Taylor wears Bulgari jewellery, 1967
Elizabeth Taylor wears Bulgari jewellery at the masked ball, Hotel Ca'Rezzonico, Venice, 1967.
Valentino posing with models nearby Trevi Fountain. Rome, July 1967
Valentino posing with models nearby Trevi Fountain. Rome, July 1967. Courtesy of The Art Archive / Mondadori Portfolio / Marisa Rastellini.
Evening dress of silk, designed by Roberto Capucci, 1987-1988.
Evening dress of silk, designed by Roberto Capucci, 1987-1988. Courtesy Roberto Capucci Foundation. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Gianfranco Ferre advert, Fall/Winter 1991.
Gianfranco Ferre advert, Fall/Winter 1991. Model: Aly Dunne, Photographer: Gian Paolo Barbieri. ©GIANPAOLOBARBIERI
Ankle boots, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, 2000
Ankle boots, black leather stiletto heels with gold, white and pink embroidery, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, 2000. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Sponsored by Bulgari
Bulgari is proud to sponsor this exhibition. Bulgari is an emblem of Italian creativity and craftsmanship, renowned for its distinctively Italian style. From the 1960s Bulgari was acclaimed for creative designs incorporating colored gemstones. This exhibition features legendary jewels once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.