Culture Map: Italian Style, Fashion Since 1945

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Impeccable tailoring. Inspired design. Industrious creativity. These are a few of the many traits that make up the DNA of the best Italian fashion houses. We’re proud to present two U.S. exhibitions organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London that explore the work of Italy’s most iconic couturiers from the end of World War II until today.

Sfilata (fashion show) in Sala Bianca, 1955. Photo by G.M. Fadigati © Giorgini Archive, Florence

If you’re in the Portland or Nashville area, get up close with some gorgeous examples of women’s fashion and menswear created by the greats and worn by the enviable likes of Audrey Hepburn and Princess Stanislaus Radziwill at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. Read on for more images and exhibition details.

Barbieri for Gianfranco Ferre advertisement, Fall/Winter 1991 | Model: Aly Dunne | ©GIANPAOLOBARBIERIRoberto Capucci,  Silk Evening Dress, 1987-88 Courtesy Roberto Capucci Foundation | Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonDolce & Gabbana Leather Ankle Boots with Gold, White and Pink Embroidery, 2000 Photo | © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tom Ford for Gucci White Silk Viscose Dress with Gold Dragon Brooch Autumn/Winter 2004/5 | Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonTom Ford for Gucci Man's Velvet Evening Suit Autumn/Winter 2004/5 | Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonMila Schon Sequined Evening Dress and Silk Coat, Worn and given by Princess Stanislaus Radziwill  Worn to Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, 1966 | Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonIrene Galitzine, Silk Palazzo Pyjamas, c.1963 | Courtesy Historical Archive Maison Galitzine | Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonSimonetta, Evening Gown of Embroidered Silk Published in Harper’s Bazaar, October 1952 | Genevieve Naylor/courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery New York

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 is on view at the Portland Art Museum through May 3, and at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts June 5 through September 7. Pucci, Valentino, Fendi, Versace—to us, these names will go down in history alongside other Italian classics like Dante Alighieri, Michaelangelo and Antonio Stradivari.

See more upcoming events at Nordstrom stores in the Portland area and in Nashville; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages.

SHOP: Italian Designers