The V&A decided to visit the rich and opulent history of the Italian fashion industry, from the end of the second world war to the present, for their spring major exhibition. Step in to a gallery of statement garments from vintage gowns, alongside black and white video reels of tailors draping directly to the womens form; to shoes and accessories spanning major leading Italian fashion houses, including Gucci, Missoni, Prada and Giorgio Armani. Elizabeth Taylors Bulgari jewellery takes pride of place, an engagement gift by Richard Burton of a diamond necklace set in platinum and emeralds, which was worn on their wedding day. The best was saved until last, the exhibition aims to highlight fashion designers, manufacturers, press and related industries. Key insiders are broadcast discussing the challenges and trends that will impact on and shape the future of Italian fashion.
This may have not been one of my favourite major exhibitions from the V&A, but I can still appreciate how influential the culture was, and still is, the beauty and craftsmanship from the pieces on display. I would still recommend a visit to at least the talks, and courses that have arised from the glamour of Italian fashion.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 sponsored by Bulgari opens 5-April-27th July 2014