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The V&A has selected the rich subject of post-war Italian fashion to be the centre of its major spring 2014 exhibition.
Entitled The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014, the exhibition will focus on the output of some of the world's most revered designers, and look at Italy's unique and influential contribution to the world of fashion and style over the past seven decades.
Designs from Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace, will all be on show as will pieces from leading contemporary talent such as Giambattista Valli, and Fausto Puglisi.
Martin Roth, Director of the V&A said: 'I am thrilled to be celebrating Italy’s immense contribution to the international fashion world in this first major exhibition on the subject. The V&A has a long tradition of working with Italian designers and this comprehensive exhibition will chronicle the development of the legendary Italian style, not only focusing on the familiar but, importantly casting light on the less well known designers and stories as well as considering the significant contribution made to the economy by its fashion and textile industries.'
Looking to the past, the exhibition - which has been three years in the making - will examine how Italian style first made found its place on the world stage, including how Hollywood films shot in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s opened people's eyes to Italian style.
The exhibition will then chart the shifting changes in the Italian fashion industry, finishing with a look at the future and how designers are are tackling the challenges of fast-fashion, and producing clothes in the internet age.
We suggest you book your tickets now.
By Olivia Marks