The V&A is on a roll when it comes to incredible exhibitions; last years blockbuster David Bowie Is... exhibit was followed swiftly by the brilliant Club to Catwalk, and later this year it will open the doors to a mammoth weddings show. This week? The museum opens its doors to The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, sponsored by Bulgari.
The idea, according to curator, Sonnet Stanfill, is to explore the essence of Italian fashion, what makes it unique and what it contributes to global fashion. So what can you expect? Weve been down to take a look and, while it may not be as dynamic as the Bowie set-up thats the problem when you have beautiful archive pieces that have to be displayed in glass cases and in dim lighting - there are some truly beautiful pieces on display.
Youll want to see Elizabeth Taylors stunning Bulgari jewels, couture gowns by early couturiers like Mila Schon and Walter Albini and dresses designed for everyone from Ava Gardner to Audrey Hepburn. And the final room is dedicated modern creations by designers that youll be more than familiar with, so you can get up close to Dolce & Gabbanas fresco dress and the crown that goes with it Pradas flame shoes, an encrusted Marni two-piece and couture by Valentino.
The exhibition runs from 5 April 27 July 2014. And, if the popularity of the museums past exhibitions is anything to go by, you might want to visit www.vam.ac.uk/italianfashion for more details and to book your tickets.