The Glamour of Italian fashion 1945-2014

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Admission: GBP 13.40 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 27/07/2014
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1745
Tuesday: 1000 - 1745
Wednesday: 1000 - 1745
Thursday: 1000 - 1745
Friday: 1000 - 2200
Saturday: 1000 - 1745
Sunday: 1000 - 1745
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December.
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Italian Fashion is one of the most famous in the world and trend has been inspiring millions of people around the world. This exhibition will give a comprehensive look at this unique Italian touch, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story will explore individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style. It includes both womens and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.

The exhibition examines Italy's dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage. During the 1950s and '60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy.

On display are around 90 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.

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