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Fashion exhibitions at the V&A Museum – vintage Italian, stunning period wedding dresses, and Alexander McQueen

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The V&A is going through a truly fashion-mad stage at the moment.  From now until the end of 2015, some of the most iconic clothing and accessories in the world will be passing through this diverse and delightfully mottled museum.  Three exhibitions are taking place – The Glamour of Italian Fashion, Wedding Dresses from 1775 to 2014, and the grand finale – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London.


The Glamour of Italian Fashion looks at high-end, rare and invaluable items from 1945 to 2014.  You’ll see jewels once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, a collection of unique Dolce & Gabbana shoes, and stunning couture catwalk pieces from Versace, Valentino and Armani.


The beginning of this exhibition is particularly fascinating, as it offers an insight into the way war changed fashion.  A sense of freedom, optimism and revolution is present in the clothing, and witnessing the evolution of fashion in such a turbulent 7 decades is both moving and exciting.  This exhibition is running until the 27th July 2014, so book your tickets now!


From now until 15th March 2015, you can indulge your inner bride by exploring the Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition.  A huge collection of gowns is gathered here, ranging from the extreme to the elegant.  A must-see for any betrothed fashion-mad Londoner, you’re certain to find some inspiration for your own gown here – but don’t get too excited – most of these dresses are priceless and have been owned by royalty and celebrity alike.  Pieces by Galliano and Lacroix are alongside hand-crafted Westwoods and Vera Wangs, with plaquards and pictures of iconic figures proudly modeling for their wedding photos.


There are other examples of dresses worn by both aristocracy and average townswomen, which tell a real story about how these women lived at the same times, but how the conditions they lived in varied so vastly.  A stunning example of an 1880s wedding dress worn by a wealthy lady sits alongside a more modest, plain and simple frock, both equally recognizable as pieces from the late 1880s – but they really are so thought-provokingly different.  A brilliant exhibition with insight into history, fashion, and the changing roles of women over the last two centuries.


In the spring of 2015, something rare and knee-shakingly exciting is happening here at the V&A.  The largest collection of Alexander McQueen couture is heading home to London, and we cannot wait for this exhibition to start.  Aptly named Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (as per his 2011 exhibition in New York), this collection has been hand-chosen by McQueen and will be displayed exactly how he would like it – which means bright colours, bold lighting and extravagant staging.


It’s unusual for a designer to be quite so hands-on, and in our opinion, that’s what makes this particular event so exciting.  We’re expecting to get a real feel of McQueen’s presence and style, and with his partnership with Swarovski playing an important role, there’s going to be guaranteed sparkle and some rare pieces spanning the designer’s and crystal house’s 25 year long collaboration.  Tickets are priced at just £17.50, which includes a donation to this treasured and wonderful museum.  We recommend you get booking quick though, because word’s got out that this exhibition is coming to town, and this really is a hot topic amongst the city’s fashion community at the moment.


The V&A Museum is just a 5-minute walk from South Kensington London Underground, and a 10-minute walk from Knightsbridge London Underground. Call Function Fixers for advice on where to eat, drink and stay in this beautiful part of London.

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