Victoria and Albert Museum, London
5 April – 27 July 2014
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
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www.vam.ac.uk

This exhibition is the first major show to examine Italy’s rich and influential contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It draws out the defining factors unique to the Italian fashion industry – the use of luxurious materials; expert textile production; specialist, regional manufacturing; and its strength as a source of both dynamic menswear and glamorous womenswear.

On display are around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace, through to the next generation of talent including couture by Giambattista Valli, bold ready-to-wear from Fausto Puglisi and work from Valentino’s new designer duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

It also highlights the creativity of influential but less remembered figures such as the post-war couturiers Sorelle Fontana (Fontana sisters) and Mila Schön, as well as design innovators such as Walter Albini.