The Glamour of Italian Fashion


Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 5 April – 27 July 2014

The exhibition “The Glamour of Italian Fashion, 1945-2014” was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from 5 April to 27 July 2014. It was an extraordinary retrospective that explored the story of Italian fashion from the point of view of “glamour”, from the Second World War to the present day.

In the section dedicated to the 1970s, creations from Walter Albini’s WA Spring/Summer 1973 collection were displayed, which had originally been presented in London, at Blakes Hotel in December 1972.
According Sonnet Stanfill, museum director and curator of the exhibition, Walter Albini played a fundamental role in the history of Italian fashion, as a mediator between buyers, public and trade press.
He was a pioneer who opened the door to new horizons in the way of presenting and using fashion, giving rise to the emergence of the ready-to-wear industry.
His work was not intended to create the perfect ensemble, but the perfect style; his visionary inspirations and his playful reinterpretations anticipated many future trends.