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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. It includes both women’s and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.
The exhibition examines Italy’s dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage. During the 1950s and ’60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy. On display are around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.
Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is recommended.
Booking fees apply to advance tickets booked both online and over the phone, with a lower fee applicable to online bookings. Advance online and telephone tickets must be booked at least 24 hours prior to visit.
£13.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£11 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£12 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£10 Senior citizens (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full-time students, 12 – 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£20 (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)/£32 (+£3.20 booking fee per ticket). Family tickets (one adult & two 12 – 17 year olds/ two adults and two 12 – 17 year olds)
*If you donate a minimum of 10% on top of your ticket price and are a UK tax payer, the Gift Aid scheme means we can claim back the tax you have already paid on the earnings used to buy the ticket. This means we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you give us – vital support for our work.
Prices as above. No handling charge or booking fee.
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£13.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.80 booking fee per ticket)
£11 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.60 booking fee per ticket )
£12 Full (+£1.80 booking fee per ticket)
£10 Senior citizens (+£1.60 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full-time students, 12 – 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.60 booking fee per ticket)
£20 (+£3.20 booking fee per ticket)/£32.00 (+£3.60 booking fee per ticket) Family tickets (one adult & two 12 – 17-year-olds/two adults and two 12 – 17 year olds)
Free to under 12s, up to two carers accompanying disabled people, V&A Members and Director’s Circle, ICOM / Museums Association card holders, Blue Badge Guides, American and International Friends of the V&A. Half-price tickets for Art Fund and D&AD members.
Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book
Special talks and tours are available to complement the exhibition
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Admission is £2 per person for school, college and university groups booking at least 10 days in advance. Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).
Admission is free to community groups booking at least 10 days in advance. Call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).
No large bags allowed in the exhibition, please use the cloakrooms by the main entrance.
Exhibition opening times
5 April – 27 July 2014
Daily 10.00 – 17.30
(last ticket sold 16.00, last entry 16.15)
Friday 10.00 – 21.30
(last ticket sold 20.00, last entry 20.15)
Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing
The V&A is open late every Friday – why not take this opportunity to visit Italian Fashion, meet friends and have a drink in our café-bar.
Victoria and Albert Museum
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The Museum is a 5-minute walk from South Kensington London Underground station (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and a 10-minute walk from Knightsbridge London Underground station (Piccadilly Line).
The C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus sightseeing tour of London.
There is full access to the galleries. We have a wide range of services for disabled visitors.
Call +44 (0)20 7942 2766 or textphone +44 (0)20 7942 2002 for details.
For more information on access, see V&A Disability Information.
Bulgari is proud to sponsor this exhibition. Bulgari is an emblem of Italian creativity and craftsmanship, renowned for its distinctively Italian style. From the 1960s Bulgari was acclaimed for creative designs incorporating colored gemstones. This exhibition features legendary jewels once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.