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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 @ V&A

  • Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Rd London, SW7 United Kingdom (map)

This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style. It includes both womens and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.

The exhibition 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, Marni, Fendi, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.

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£13.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£11 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£12 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£10 Senior citizens (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£20 (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)/£32 (+£3.20 booking fee per ticket). Family tickets (one adult & two 12 - 17 year olds/ two adults and two 12 - 17 year olds)

*If you donate a minimum of 10% on top of your ticket price and are a UK tax payer, the Gift Aid scheme means we can claim back the tax you have already paid on the earnings used to buy the ticket. This means we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you give us - vital support for our work.

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Prices as above. No handling charge or booking fee. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase on the day. Entry cannot be guaranteed.

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+44 (0)20 7420 9736

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