The V&A launched the unmissable The Glamour of Italian Fashion last weekend. In exquisite, high-luxe V&A style, the exhibition explores Italian fashion progression from post World War II to present day. There are exhibits on the history of fashion, the cult designers and, being the V&A, they really examine the techniques used in the tailoring and the stitching of pieces – both for male and female fashion.
A Versace creation from the late 1980s – www.vam.ac.uk
Valentino with his models in 1967 – www.vam.ac.uk
On display are around 100 pieces and accessories by prominent Italian fashion houses including Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Fendi, Prada and Versace, as well as emerging new talent from Milan.
The museum is also putting on lots of events throughout the exhibition time period on fashion design, illustration, jewellery and even individual designers such as Roberto Cavalli.
Dolce & Gabbana 2001 – www.vam.ac.uk
Unsurprisingly, Net-A-Porter – never ones to miss a sartorial opportunity – have collaborated with the V&A to sign up the top fashion houses to create a capsule collection of jewellery. Your favourite italian designers bring you their signature styles: Moschino offers gaugy, ultra-gold logo designs, Dolce vintage-looking statement pieces, Etro art-deco decadence and Marni its typical plastic florals. Buy any of the 22 pieces in the collection and 10% gets donated to the V&A. Check it out here.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion will run from April 8th to July 27th 2014 at the V&A Museum, London.