The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 is a major new exhibition at the V&A to examine Italy’s defining influence in fashion since the end of the Second World War. Encapsulating those factors which have defined the Italian fashion industry’s success – the use of luxury materials, expert textile production, regional manufacturers and focus on elite menswear and womenswear, the exhibition will utilise Italian archives and pay homage to the figures and brands that helped the country become the height of fashion. Over 100 ensembles and accessories will feature, including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace, right through to modern day talent including couture by Giambattista Valli, and Fausto Puglisi. Tickets £12. Exhibition runs from 5 April – 27 July, open daily from 10am-5.45pm, and until 10pm every Friday.

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