Italian post-war fashion gets museum outing in London

Dresses worn in films are seen displayed during a media preview of the "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014" exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in LondonBy Rollo Ross LONDON (Reuters) – Rarely seen Bulgari jewellery once owned by actress Elizabeth Taylor and suits, dresses, gowns and accessories by top names in post-war Italian fashion will be on display at an exhibition opening this week at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014”, which opens on Friday, “examines Italy’s rich and influential contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present”, the V&A said in a press release. The exhibition includes some 120 ensembles and accessories by fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Ginafranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci and Versace, plus couture from Giambattista Valli, ready-to-wear from Fausto Publisi and work from Valentino’s designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. Actress Elizabeth Hurley, who shot to fame wearing a Versace dress at the premiere of the film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, said Italian designers add that little bit extra.