The moment I heard that The Glamour of Italian Fashion would be one of the V&A’s major fashion exhibition this year I knew it would be fantastic. You see, I’m an Italian signorina and my own love affair with fashion started in Florence, where I first spotted the exquisite glamour of high-end boutiques.
|Inside the exhibition|
The exhibition contains an enormous and diverse range of material. It begins with the tale of Italy's first step into the international fashion industry during the 1950s to the country's latest creations, going through 70s Missoni, 80s Versace and gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana confections.
|Ankle boots by Dolce & Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2001|
Despite the endless supply of glitter that made my eyes so happy, the focus of the exhibition is firmly on craftsmanship and the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italian fashion has become renowned.
However the show does not only revere the past. It also looks forward, considering how a national industry supported by tradition is adapting to today’s age of global markets and digital media.
|Evening dress of embroidered net and matelasse coat, designed by Mila Schön, 1966|
Suffice to say, it’s a truly inspiring show. Besides learning (more than) a thing or two about Italy’s fashion legacy, you have the chance to glance at extremely amazing dresses and jaw-dropping examples of Italian design.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion will run at the Victoria & Albert museum until July 27th 2014.
More information here.