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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 Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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