The blockbuster exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, 1945-2014, comes to tell the story of Italian fashion from its birth in the postwar years to the international acclaim it has achieved in the past three decades. Like in other forms of design, the victory of Italian fashion is rooted in the tradition and expertise of handcraftsmanship, embroidery, tailoring, leather, all of which have brought to the glamour of Italian fashion.
During the 50s and 60s, many Hollywood films had an enormous impact on the legacy of Italian fashion. While on display are some amazing examples by Gucci, Missoni, Armani, Pucci, Marni, there was one dress that I found totally breathtaking. It was worn by Audrey Hepburn in the memorable film War and Peace of 1955, designed by Gattinoni.