The Glamour Of Italian Fashion is the latest fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Expect a fabulous, glamorous journey through Italian fashion from the end of World War II to present day. The story includes both women’s and menswear and examines the exceptional techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy is renowned in the fashion world. Italian fashion was propelled onto the world stage during the 50’s and 60’s and Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became ambassadors fuelling desire for the luxury brands beginning to emerge. The displays include designs from leading Italian fashion houses such as Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Versace & Giorgio Armani.
Italian’s are renowned fashionistas, and this week, in the spirit of La Dolce Vita we saw the opening of the exhibition draw an array of celebrities and familiar faces from the ‘fashpack’ who have helped shape Italian fashion into what it is today. Some of our favourite snaps from the evening are shown below.
The exhibition gives Italy much needed recognition, however according to curator Sonnet Stanfill;
“it is not just a celebratory show, of course there are beautiful clothes displayed but we wanted to look at Italy and it’s own fashion future.”
You can visit the exhibition at the V&A until the 27th July.
A vintage shot of Valentino and his models giving an insight into Italian fashion gone by.