The glamour of Italian fashion

27/04/2014

The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
And so, two days ago, I woke up, played with the blog, booked myself a ticket to the Savage Beauty as soon as they became available, packed a few titbits in my trusted Missoni bag and travelled to London to see the Glamour of Italian Fashion, the first and probably most comprehensive exhibition celebrating the birth and development of the industry through the extensive collection of archival documents and over 100 designs showcasing the incredible craftsmanship, centuries old traditions and the unique sense of easy unforgettable elegance Italians have become famous for.

The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
As a lover of Italian fashion I could not wait to get to V&A and admire the clothes, which turned out to be a wonderful and very emotional experience.

The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The vast gallery divided into several spaces was filled with the air of beauty, style, gorgeous Simonetta, Capucci and Schubert and gowns made in 1950s for the ladies with tiny waist lines and unlimited budgets, Bulgari diamonds worn by Elizabeth Taylor, a mustard evening dress by Federico Forquet, a treasured dress by Mila Schon worn by Princess Lee Radziwill at the Truman Capote Black & White ball, the original Pucci bikini, a patchwork Fendi coat presented alongside its paper pattern, the iconic gems of Italian fashion including Max Mara coat, Missoni signature zigzag prints, Ferragamo ballerinas, Gucci accessories, Bottega Veneta intrecciato bag, Fendi Baguette, Tod's loafers and Trussardi leather dress and then, as if this wasn't enough to take my breath away... I saw the content of the last room and nearly fainted with joy...

The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
The glamour of italian fashion exhibition in V&A
There I saw the Valentino couture dress from the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, the Giambattista Valli flower-covered couture gown from the same season, Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress that I remembered from the magical Vogue editorial, stunning creation from Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, the Prada Spring/Summer 2004 dress (as well as Fairy shoes and Flame sandals), a crystal Armani Prive Spring 2010 crystal evening dress, the Miu Miu and Marni looks from Spring/Summer 2014 (!) and the unforgettable white Gucci dress designed by Tom Ford for the brand's Autumn/Winter 2004....

Daria Werbowy photographed by Mario Testino for Gucci Autumn/Winter 2004 campaign
On the opposite wall there were a few framed photos... Amber Valletta in Prada Spring/Summer 1997 campaign by Glen Luchford (I smiled because I mentioned it in my Friday post and now saw it before my eyes), a shot from the Autumn/Winter 1988 Romero Gigli campaign featuring Kristen Owen photographed by Paolo Roversi and a portrait of the one and only Anna Piaggi...

Romeo Gigli Autumn/Winter 1988 campaign photographed by Paolo Roversi
The last room was like a small cinema playing a short documentary featuring interviews with Franca Sozzani, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Angela Missoni, Fausto Puglisi, Francesco Cianferoni, Jacopo Etro and Mariano Rubinacci discussion the past, present and future of the Italian fashion.

It was such a wonderful place to be... I wanted to stay in that little beautiful world for as long as I could and will most likely go back at least once to re-live the experience, see the magnificent works of art and dream, once again...

The exhibition is available to see until 27 July 2014, so if you find yourself in London - don't miss an opportunity to enjoy something quite special.

To give you a little glimpse of what to expect, I found a video that, conveniently, contains an interview with  Sonnet Stanfill, the exhibition curator who shares some fantastic insights about the event. Also follow the links above and read about The Glamour of Italian Fashion via Telegraph and V&A

Photo source: AnOther, zimbio, V&A, Gucci Autumn/Winter 2004 campaign photographed by Mario Testino, Romeo Gigli Autumn/Winter 1988 campaign photographed by Paolo Roversi

20 comments:

  1. Oh wow, it must have been an amazing experience!
    Thank you for sharing such beauty with us!
    Baci,
    Coco
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  2. I wish I could have been there too, anyway interesting post!
    have a nice day,
    - Valerie

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  3. AMAZING!!!!!
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  4. Oh, what I wouldn't give to be in London to see this exhibition. There are a similar, albeit not nearly so extensive, one in Paris in early 2013 and I will never forget the experience of standing so close to a Madame Gres dress for the first time...
    xox,
    Cee

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  5. OMG!! I'd die to see such an exhibition!
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  6. Too bad that I will miss this exhibition - I would have enjoyed it too because I really appreciate Italian fashion.

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  7. This sounds pretty amazing. Hopefully they'll bring the exhibition stateside soon.

    Aileen
    The Style Boro

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  8. Oh this made me drool a little - it's like going to a candystore:) I actually just booked a ticket to London for the last weekend of July because I really want to see the Matisse exposition that is in Tate Modern! I will be there the 28th so I won't be able to go see this... But oh well I'll have to do it with photos then!!! xxx

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    1. Such a shame.... Especially considering you will arrive just a day after it closes. However, Matisse will be so wonderful to see (I am going to, most likely next month) PLUS since you will be in that area you can catch the Gaultier expo because it's in the neighbourhood to the Matisse. :)

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  9. Great post, I love fashion/ art exhibitions!

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  10. What an amazing thing to see! I'm glad that you were able to get there and enjoy it.

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  11. amazing! stunning pics!!
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  12. Italian fashion is jaw dropping. Lovely photos.
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  13. Italian fashion is my absolute favorite! Some people dream about Paris but I know the best fashion comes out of Milan!
    xo
    Sharon

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  14. I agree really glamour ^^

    Kisses
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  15. Natalia, I can just picture you walking through that exhibit! I bet it was spectacular. I can visualize it through your words. I'm so glad you went. It's a memory you will cherish. Fabulous!
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  16. I can't imagine getting to see so many of those iconic pieces in person! I am jealous and completely understand it being an emotional experience!

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  17. Beautiful!
    Emilie
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