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The Glamour of Italian Fashion Exhibition at the V&A

If you love Italian fashion and what it has given to the world in these past decades, you definitely can’t miss the new exhibition that the Victoria and Albert Museum will hosting next year.

The exhibition called 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014' will opening on 5 April 2014 and will run to 27 July 2014 and the event is sponsored by Bulgari.

The show intends to take a comprehensive look at how Italian fashion houses influenced the world of starting from the end of the Second World War up to the present.

The exhibition will showcase top fashion designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino, Simonetta and Versace, with about 90 ensembles and accessories on display, and will also highlight the quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become known around the world.

“Italian fashion is a story of rags to riches almost, as the post-war country recovers and becomes a key place for manufacture, design and entrepreneurial risk taking that cuts right across businesses,' said curator Sonnet Stanfill. 'This is the compelling story which we describe in the exhibition.'

Designs from the Sorelle Fontana and Walter Albini will also be display as well as ensembles from the new generation of hot Italian fashion talents like Giambattista Valli, Fausto Puglisi, and Valentino's new designer duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

The V&A show will also examine how glamorous Hollywood actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, while filming at the legendary Cinecittà Studios (aka as the dream factory and where blockbusters like Ben Hur, Cleopatra and Roman Holiday were filmed) became fashion icons for the dynamic industry.

Since the exhibition is sponsored by Bulgari it will also include the Bulgari diamond and emerald jewellery given by Richard Burton as a wedding present to Elizabeth Taylor.

Following the 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014' show , the V&A museum will hold an exhibition of the history of wedding dresses, and a retrospective of the work of the fashion photographer Horst.

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