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Post War Design
Valentino posing with models by the Trevi Fountain. Rome, July 1967. Courtesy of The Art Archive / Mondadori Portfolio / Marisa Rastellini.
After World War Two Italy's economy began to see rapid growth, paving the way for many fashion designers to make their presence known. During the 50s and 60s, the phrase 'Made in Italy' was promoted with all sorts of luxury goods, including art, food, and clothing. One of the most well recognised names is Milan, which by the 1970s had become 'Italy's new fashion capital'.
One particular area that Italian fashion has a reputation for is tailoring, which became popular in the 60s due to stylishly dressed actors such as Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita.
You can discover the progression of these styles at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is showcasing the Glamour of Italian Fashion from the 5th April. Tickets are £13.50 for adults, with senior and student concessions available. The exhibition covers the period between 1945 to present day, and also looks ahead, contemplating what the future of Italian fashion could bring.