Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A! Xx


Last night saw the opening of the 

Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V and A 

which was celebrated by a private dinner hosted
by Vogue's English and Italian editors, 
Alexandra Shulman and Franca Sozzani (below).

Above: Alexandra Shulman, Giancarlo Giammetti, 

Valentino Garavani and Franca Sozzani


The exhibition explores Italian Fashion from 1945 
to the present day.
It includes both women and men wears and highlights
 the exceptional quality of 
 techniques, materials and expertise for which 
Italy has become renowned. 

Jenny Palmer Editor in Chief of Sparkle Style at the Exhibition Opening


The exhibition which runs from 5 April to 27 July

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


Peter Ogunsalu of fashionandcinema and Jenny Palmer

David Gandy and Valentino Garavani



  • Evangeline Ling, Angela Scanlon and Bip Ling
  • Bip Ling wears Gucci Cruise Look 37 Lagoon beach printed 
  • silk twill halter neck dress with a red heart print leather clutch 
  • and gold metallic leather high heel platform sandals with horsebit detail.

Angela Scanlon and Peter Ogunsalu




 Jenny Palmer and Caroline Issa of tankmagazine



 Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce 


Eva Herzigova


Eva Herzigova and Stefano Gabbana



Alexandra Shulman, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Franca Sozzani



Bruno Ragazzi, Angela Missoni and Rosita Missoni


Caroline Sieber wearing Bulgari jewels


Christopher Kane and Sarah Burton



Emilia Fox and Jack Fox



Jade Parfitt


Jean Christophe Babin and Elizabeth Hurley

 Laudomia Pucci
 Laura Carmichael wears Gucci Spring Summer 2014 
black stretch cotton dress with mesh details
 Lily Allen and Henry Holland
 Livia Firth and Tom Ford
 Manolo Blahnik

 Nancy Dell'olio
 Martin Roth and Jean Christophe Babin

Martin Roth, Sonnet Stanfill, Alexandra Shulman, Nicholas Coleridge, 

Franca Sozzani, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi


Miroslava Duma, Bruno Ragazzi, Rosita Missoni, 

Angela Missoni and Alexandra Shulman


 Mollie King
 Naomi Campbell and Elizabeth Hurley

Naomi Campbell and Jean Christophe Babin


Pierpaulo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri

 Poppy Delevingne and rita ora

Poppy Delevigne, Peter Dundas, Jean Christophe Babin and Elisa Sednaoui


Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Naomi Campbell

Richard Buckley, Tom Ford, Erin O'Connor and Philip Treacy



Rita Ora, Eva Cavalli and Naomi Campbell

 Rita Ora

Stefano Gabbana, Domenico Dolce, Alexandra Shulman and Coco Brandolini



Tiffany Hsu and Fausto Puglisi



Tom Ford and Rita Ora


Trinny Woodall and Giambattista Valli




 The Bar at the Opening Party 

Judith Watt and Jenny Palmer


The Beautiful Flowers
 Peter Ogunsalu and Chloe Hayward




Fashion show in Sala Bianca, 1955. Archivio Giorgini.
Photo by G.M. Fadigati © Giorgini Archive, Florence. 

Audrey Hepburn in Gattinoni Dress
  Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari Necklace



Ankle boots, black leather stiletto heels with gold, white and pink embroidery, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2001. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Valentino with models by the Trevi Fountain
Sponsored by Bulgari 
Bulgari is proud to sponsor this exhibition. 
Bulgari is an emblem of Italian creativity and craftsmanship, 
renowned for its distinctively Italian style. 
From the 1960s Bulgari was acclaimed for 
creative designs incorporating colored gemstones. 
This exhibition features legendary jewels once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.
With support from
Nespresso
With thanks to the Blavatnik Family Foundation
With additional thanks to the American Friends 
of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Inc. 



Until next time J Xx




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