Tuesday 8th July – 23rd meeting of 2014

When we meet today we went straight to underground and got the District line to Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Italian Fashion exhibition. The trains were very packed as there were lots of school parties on outings and all seemed to be making their way to the Museums.

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Once in the museum we went to the main entrance to purchase our tickets only to find that there was a very very long queue.  The price was £11.00 a ticket with concessions and we had a timed entry of 12 o’clock.  This gave us enough time to go William Morris tea rooms for tea and chat!

This exhibition ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014’ is sponsored by Bvlgari as has been running from 5th April 2013 and closes on 27th July 2014. It shows how Italian fashion developed after the war to become what it is today a multi-million business respected and known the world over.

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On display were around 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, by the it 3leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace alongside the work of forgotten post-war designers such as the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta as well as garments by the emerging Italian fashion talent of today.

As we went in the story started of how Gionvannie Battista Giorgini after the war years started the `Sala Bianco` cat walk shows held in Florence in the most beautiful elegant surrounding with magnificent chandeliers. The story continued through the 50’s and 60’s when many films were shot in Italy and stars like Eilizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn became style ambassadors for Italian fashion. It continued to show right up to the modern times of today. The clothes and accessories were displayed very well and there was also lots of photographs and filming of each period.

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A very good large exhibition laid out well and not too crowded which also makes itit 2 very enjoyable. Much to look at and we could remember many of the outfits on display from our youthful years!

A walk back to South Kensington station and our trains home after another enjoyable time at Victoria and Albert Museum.