Preceded only by “I love you” and “You were right”, “Made in Italy” is my favorite three word phrase. It never fails to fill me with a warm and fuzzy feeling (neither do the other two). So amidst the chaos of new flooring being installed in my flat and uncertain weather, once again cursed by every newspaper in the country’s prediction of a “bbq summer”, I threw on one of my favorite vintage Pucci dresses, sprayed myself in 4160 Tuesdays’ Rome 1963, set my hair (bring it on, English weather!), and stepped out to take in The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum.
I managed to sneak a few photos inside the exhibition before getting told off by one of the security guards.
The exhibition covers Italian fashion’s rise following World Ward II to present day, which, as you can imagine, is quite a gamut of information. I loved that about the exhibition, but also sort of hated it as well because I felt that this exhibition could almost have served as a springboard for an entire series of other exhibitions featuring Italian fashion. The subjects touched upon are terribly interesting to me: the early Sala Bianca shows in the 1950’s which brought Italian fashion to the attention of an international audience, Italian fashion’s ongoing relationship with Hollywood (although I find the earlier parts of this romance a bit more interesting), tailoring and textile design and manufacturing, and of course the modern day powerhouse that is Italian fashion today.
Personally, as someone with a healthy interest in fashion, where the exhibition is a success is that it has really sparked my imagination and inspired me to find out more about what I saw at the V&A. Probably a few eBay hunts too.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion is available to see at the V&A until 27th July 2014.