??????????Fashion Fabulous was delighted to be invited by Olivia Colling, Head of Press at The Victoria and Albert Museum, to a preview of the new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, on the 2nd April. Curated by Sonnet Stanfill, this wonderful exhibition explores Italy’s craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories.

??????????Wonderfully displayed  are approximately 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. We loved the white Giorgio Armani dress pictured above.

DSCN4704Multimedia presentations were put to good effect as for example this Emilio Pucci design from the famous La Dolce Vita 1960’s period in Rome.

DSCN4706-1Actor and film star Richard Burton once said that “Elizabeth Taylor only knew one word of Italian and that is Bulgari!” So it was very nice seeing this stunning  Bulgari emerald and diamond necklace worn by Liz Taylor that rarely goes on display to the public.

DSCN4708-1There are many glamorous dresses to see such as this Valentino red.

DSCN4711-1…and this inspiring Roberto Capucci 1987 silk evening dress. This designer opened his first couture salon in 1950 and soon became praised by the international press as Italy’s best designer. This dress is a superb example of the designer’s penchant to amalgamate abstract art and fashion.

??????????The exhibition also features some excellent examples of Italian designed ready to wear fashions.

??????????Well worth a look is the Moschino “Made in Italy” ensemble poking fun at Italian fashion with a map of Italy on the dress (pictured second left) and  a jacket with magazine adverts on it (far left). The Missoni knitted ensemble, 1972 (far right), is one of many great examples of the use of luxe materials and artisanal skills that Italians are renowned for.

Sonnet Stanfill, curator of 20th century and contemporary fashion at the V&A has produced an exhibition full of fascinating displays and commentaries that is a pleasure to walk round and with much to delight.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 runs 5th April – 27th July 2014. For admission details call Tel 0207 942 2000 or see http://www.vam.ac.uk.

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