This past weekend a new Exhibition called “The Glamour of Italian Fashion” opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The V&A calls it “a glamorous and comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to present day” with the aim to “highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.”
There are more than 100 ensembles and accessories on display from Italian Fashion houses like Simonetta, Sorelle Fonatana, Gucci, Valentino, Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Missoni, Fendi, Dolce & Gabana, Versace, and Prada.
The exhibition isn’t only about the past though. It takes on the important quesiton of what role Italy plays in fashion today and how it is positioned for the future. Fausto Puglisi, a fashion designer from Sicily who first got his start while waiting tables in New York, is the youngest fashion designer to be featured. He represents the “present day” portion of the exhibition. With his first full collection coming out for the Spring/Summer 2014 season, this year could position Puglisi to become a household name himself.
Find more information about The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition on the V&A Museum website here , and read more about the new young designer in Harper Bazaar’s Interview of Fausto Puglisi