Monday, 28 July 2014


Walking through the large glass doors you are immediately presented with what seems like a traditional Italian marble wall. On the wall reads the words: THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION.

Last week, I attended The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the V&A Museum, which ended sadly yesterday. The exhibition showcased fashions by designers including Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, and Giorgio Armani, spread across 5 sections: Return to Luxury, Tailoring, Made in Italy, Cult of the Fashion Designer, and Italian's Fashion Future.

I love how these type of exhibitions are not only visually stunning in forms of the clothing that's being displayed, but also the design and layout of the exhibition itself. The walls were covered in quotes; wallpaper of blown up images. In one room which featured Italian clothing worn by Hollywood's A-List in the 50s by stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, there was this beautiful slideshow with images and clips of the starlets in movies including Roman Holiday (How could they not include that film with a name like that?). This section highlighted how the power of Hollywood films and famous actresses really made Italian fashion a global industry.

This exhibition wasn't all about the women - the Tailoring section featured some stunning menswear in the form of Italian suits as well as coats for both genders - I strongly believe that Italian designers often create the best suits in the world.

Whilst looking back at the past of Italian fashion, from 1945 to the present day, the exhibition not only showcased beautiful clothing, but also posed questions about the future of Italian design. Today, more and more of Italy's fashion houses are becoming foreign-owned - what will 'Made in Italy' mean in the future? Some of the experts in the Italian fashion industry shared their views in a video before attendees exited the exhibition. Off to the gift shop then... :)

Unfortunately, you're not allowed to take any photographs at the exhibitions at the V&A. However, I have featured some photos from the V&A website in this blog post for you to feast your eyes on.

Lots of Love,
Anna x

Photos © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


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