Italy is home to some of our favourite things; pizza, Prosecco, pasta and of course Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Prada.
The country is undisputedly one of the fashion centres of the world and now its leading design names are set to be celebrated with a major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert in London which will feature more than 100 stunning ensembles created between the Second World War and today.
“Italian fashion is a story of rags to riches almost, as the post-war country recovers and becomes a key place for manufacture, design and entrepreneurial risk-taking that cuts right across businesses,” said curator Sonnet Stanfill. “This is the compelling story which we describe in the exhibition.”
We’ll have to wait until April next year to head to the exhibition, but to celebrate the announcement we’ve taken a look at some of our fashion highlights from la bella Italia.
The trademark Missoni striped and geometric-print knits are a firm favourite with fashion forward celebs like Cameron Diaz, Blake Lively and Nicole Kidman and have spawned a thousand imitations on the high street.
Fendi’s most iconic handbag has been seen on the arm of pretty much everyone with an ounce of fashion influence since it was launched in 1997. It was arguably the first ‘It bag’ with a waiting list a mile long.
Versace’s red carpet looks
When certain celebs want to wow on the red carpet, there’s only one designer they head to, Versace. The design house was responsible for the green chiffon dress Jennifer Lopez wore at the Grammy Awards in 2000, that safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley and the black strapless number Beyonce wore to the Oscars in 2005.
Prada’s flame heels
Possibly one of the wittiest shoe designs ever, Prada’s flame heels from the spring/summer 12 collection will go down in fashion history. These shoes were so hot they were on fire, with a graphic cut-out flame running along the outer heel and on the ankle strap.
Roberto Cavalli’s excess
We know that the minimal look is very chic and stylish, but sometimes we just want to have fun with fashion, which is exactly what Roberto Cavalli does. He never shies away from animal print, gold embellishments, leather and brocade, which means his clothes are always interesting to see on the red carpet.