For those who have said that Italy is in the midst of a fashion crisis—considering that Milan is an overshadowed fashion capital in comparison to Paris and New York—one look at the new Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, “The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014,” may change their tune.

Looking at Italy’s transition from its post-war climate to the luxury held on the catwalks in the 50s, The Glamour of Fashion will take the history of Italy into account and apply its influence and impact on the world of Italian fashion. It will examine its textile sector, the designers who were a part of it and why we find so much comfort in that ‘Made In Italy’ trademark.

With 100 outfits and accessories by brands among the likes of Valentino, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Prada and Versace as well as the next generation of Italian talent, it’s an exhibition not to be missed.

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Simonetta Evening Gown

4-5-2014 12-56-35 PM Roman Holiday

4-5-2014 12-57-10 PM Elizabeth Taylor in Bulgari jewels

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4-5-2014 12-59-24 PM Roberto Capucci Dress

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 Dolce & Gabbana ankle boots

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A TOUCH of Italy came to London as the Victoria & Albert Museum opened the doors of its new exhibitiion – The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 – for the very first time.

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 Franca Sozzani, Valentino Garavani and Alexandra Shulman.

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 Tom Ford and Rita Ora, who wore a gown by Roberto Cavalli.

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 Christopher Kane and Sarah Burton.

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Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari, and Elizabeth Hurley.

4-5-2014 1-28-16 PM Christopher Kane and Sarah Burton.

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 Eva Herzigova and Stefano Gabbana.

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  Franca Sozzani and Tom Ford.


“The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014,” sponsored by Bulgari, runs from April 5 through July 27, 2014. For more information and tickets, visit www.vam.ac.uk/italianfashion.