This weekend the Victoria and Albert Museum opens its latest exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion, charting the transformation of Italian style from 1945 to the present day.
The display outlines defining factors unique to the Italian fashion industry, from the country’s first fashion show in the early 1950s to the ways that Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn became style ambassadors for Italian fashion.
100 ensembles and accessories will also punctuate the exhibition, with leading Italian fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni and Versace offering items from their archives.
Highlights of the exhibition also include iconic Bulgari jewellery. Rarely seen on public display, jewellery once owned by Elizabeth Taylor is showcased, including the famous platinum, diamond and emerald necklace worn on her wedding day.
For those interested in modern-day fashion pieces the exhibition will also explore items of the moment, from Fendi’s Baguette bag to hand-painted Dolce & Gabbana ball gowns.
The exhibition is open from 5 April to 27 July.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, +44 (0)20 7942 2000