The next exhibition to open at the V&A celebrates fashion in a large way. The showcase is focused on Italian fashion and has taken three years to properly plan and execute, but now curators are ready to open it on April 5th, 2014 with a final closing date of July 27th. The show specifically looks at Italian fashion from WWII onward and features about a hundred different fashion pieces by some of the leading Italian designers including Gucci, Valentino, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Sonnet Stanfill, the curator of the exhibit, explained that Italian fashion in most cases is a Cinderella story given the fact that ti was born in post-war times during which there were a lot of risks involved in the fashion world. At the same time, manufacture and design was starting to blossom leading to the evolution of fashion that has lead to modern day fashion.
Outside of the design houses that everyone is familiar with, the exhibit is also going to feature work by labels that are not as well known but still noted as impacting the fashion world such as Mila Schon and Sorelle Fontana. In addition, the exhibit also take s a look at how large of a role Italians played in Hollywood films that were filmed during the fifties and sixties as the general public became enraptured with the Italian way of life.
In terms of fashion, the exhibit will look closely at the luxurious materials and high level of craftsmanship that were used on many of the fashion pieces by the Italians. Stanfill remarked that it has taken five years to build the collection of fine Italian fashion and now the V&A is proud to announce the very first exhibit to take such a comprehensive look at the evolution and contribution for Italian fashion to the world.