'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014' dinner at the V&A
London has been quite the fashion hub this week, following on from events such as The Vogue Festival and Harrods' Easter concept. However surely beating them both in terms of wow-factor, is the celebration of 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014' at the V&A. Last night the museum played dinner host, alongside British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Schulman and her Vogue Italia counterpart, Franca Sozzani – and together, they welcomed some of the finest names in the fashion industry ahead of the exhibit opening to the public this Saturday.
The edited show, within which there are only 100 pieces of men's and women's fashion on display, is an enthusiastic offering covering the rapid journey Italy made from post war ruin to modern-day fashion pioneer. Also included are some of the Bulgari gems that Richard Burton used to woo Elizabeth Taylor while the two were filming Cleopatra in Rome the early Sixties.
"Italy was at the forefront of convincing the elite consumer to buy ready-to-wear fashion, mostly because the Italian factories were so skilled at making it," said Sonnet Stanfill, curator of 20th century and contemporary fashion at the V&A.
Guests at the cocktail party and dinner to mark the opening on Tuesday night included Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Tom Ford, Richard Buckley, Christopher Kane, Manolo Blahnik, Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti, Osman Yousefzada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Anna Zegna, Laudomia Pucci, Nicola Bulgari, Elizabeth McGovern and Buro 24/7 Founder, Miroslava Duma:
Philip Treacy and Naomi Campbell
Poppy Delevingne and Peter Dundas
David Gandy and Livia Firth
Alexandra Schulman, Valentino and Franca Sozzani
Alexandra Schulman and Valentino