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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 - Map of the Productive Districts

Italian fashion grew out of the country’s regional industries. These networks of companies working in the same field – specialists in silk, wool, leather and so forth – are known as distretti produttivi, or productive districts.

The firms are usually small to medium-sized and often family-run. They are highly specialised but also very flexible. This regional system, with its focus on quality and attention to detail, has been the backbone of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand.

Click on the information 'i' pins in the map below to learn more about Italy's regional producers or view the full map in a new window

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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.

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With thanks to the Blavatnik Family Foundation
With additional thanks to the American Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Inc.

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The Fabric of India

03 October 2015 – 10 January 2016. The highlight of the V&A’s India Festival, this will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

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