The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A

We have a huge affinity for Italy in our house, Mr B talks to Italian luxury brand FEDON on the phone every day, we are learning the beautiful language, “So solo un po Italiano!” and we are lucky enough to visit Florence every year for a little work and a little “Dolce Vita”.  Ok, enough of the Del Boy Itanglaise and on with the review….

‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion’, at the V&A, is one of those amazing exhibitions the V&A put on each summer with enormous pomp and spectacle.  This exhibition is no less spectacular, probably more so as its high end fashion and of course it is Italian.

The show examines the journey of Italian fashion from the end of the second word war until the present.  The story of ‘Made in Italy’ from quality and style, told by the designers themselves and their beautiful creations.  Dolce & Gabbanna, Giorgio Armarni, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci and Versace.

If you like museums and fashion this is for you, it costs £12 and it’s on until the end of July. Go anyway, you pretty much cant fail to like it.

If the 120 designer outfits don’t grab your attention then perhaps jewels from the Bulgari heritage collection, once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, will.  Actor Richard Burton once said of Elizabeth Taylor, ‘The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is “Bulgari”,’

Stop the Italian lessons now! I think I can navigate my way around Italy with a copy of Italian vogue and another visit to the V&A.

Belissimo!

DSB X 

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