The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 at the V&A, London

A new exhibition charts how postwar Italy transformed the world’s perceptions of it, using its greatest export: style.

This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style.

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Italian designer Valentino poses among his models near the Trevi fountain, in Rome, in 1967. Photograph: Mondadori Portfolio/the Art Archive.

Salvatore Ferragamo with Audrey Hepburn in Palazzo Spini Feroni, 1954.

Rare photo of Audrey Hepburn in 1954 with shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, and below, Elizabeth Taylor looking moderately over the top in 1967 at a masked ball in Venice.

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