Win Tickets ($40): Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 @ Portland Art Museum | 100+ Pieces, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana & More!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 @ Portland Art Museum which runs until May 3. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, March 30.

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Roberto Capucci, silk evening dress, 1987-88. Courtesy Roberto Capucci Foundation. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Roberto Capucci, silk evening dress,
1987-88. Courtesy Roberto Capucci Foundation. Photo ©
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945
February 7 – May 3, 2015
Tuesday & Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
$20 – adults
$17 –seniors/ students
Free – children under 17 and members
More info:

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 | Directions

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 organizations that have contributed to Italy’s reputation for quality and style. The exhibition includes both women’s fashion and menswear, highlighting the exceptional techniques, materials, and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 examines Italy’s dramatic transition from postwar devastation to a burgeoning industry facilitated by the landmark “Sala Bianca” catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, propelling Italian fashion onto the world stage.

During the 1950s and ‘60s several high- profile Hollywood films were shot on location in Italy, which had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fueling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy.

From the early 1970s, the popularity of couture gave way to enthusiasm for manufactured fashion. Milan became Italy’s new fashion capital. Since the mid-1990s, fashion has become a global trade with Italian designers becoming celebrities, solidifying Italy’s reputation as an international tastemaker. The exhibition concludes with an examination of the future of Italian fashion.

Italian Style includes more than 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses, including Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada, and Versace.

For its presentation in Portland, the exhibition’s only West Coast venue, the Museum has organized a variety of programs and activities exploring Italian culture and fashion, as well as the emerging fashion scene in Portland. Italian Style is the fourth in a series of exhibitions at the Museum exploring design.

Portland Fashion: A Look Back
Two of Portland’s leading fashion and style watchers, Eden Dawn (Portland Monthly Fashion Editor) and Marjorie Skinner (Portland Mercury Fashion Editor) join forces to craft a conversation series that takes us on a journey through the past, present, and future of the Portland fashion and apparel scenes. It might be argued that Portland is both a fashion center and an outpost. With a rich history of homegrown global brands like Pendleton and Nike as well as an independent scene that has yielded seven Project Runway contestants and four winners, Portland has a long history of attracting and nurturing talent on both large and small scales. What makes the Portland fashion community so vibrant, and where is it headed next? Join a cross-section of Portland’s talented fashion makers, designers, and writers for a look at the legacies and opportunities ahead. For a full list of participants visit the Museum’s website.

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87 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 @ Portland Art Museum | 100+ Pieces, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana & More!

  1. Jennifer March 18, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    I need some style inspiration and I believe this is the answer!

  2. Yume March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    I saw the write-up for this in Portland Monthly and it looks absolutely fascinating.

  3. Jennifer March 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    i was SO excited about this exhibit, like, BEYOND EXCITED. but i’m a junior in college and i do not have $34 (with student discount) to drop on a pair of tickets, unfortunately.

  4. Shelley Savoie March 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Historical and as Relevant today. Italian Fashion is as timeless as the toga draped over one shoulder. An experience I would not want to miss..

  5. Mariel Grimord March 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    This would make the perfect outing with my close friend who is a fashion maven and art history major!

  6. Brittany March 19, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Oh, yes… Yes please!!! I’d love to go!

  7. Kelli E March 19, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    I saw the billboard for this exhibit the other day and I would LOVE to go check it out!!

  8. Ditty Nicolaides March 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm #


  9. Kimi March 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    This will be gorgeous!

  10. Miranda March 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    This is the kind of outing that justifies a dress-up date w/a ladyfriend. One in particular. Ciao bella! Queste scarpe mi stanno uccidendo!

  11. Laura March 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    This will spare me from having to wait in line on Friday night.

  12. lori March 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Would love to see this exhibit!

  13. Kitts March 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    I would love to take my daughter who thinks that wearing sweatshirts and black jeans every day constitutes a fashionable wardrobe.

  14. angie March 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Would love to see this. I have an 8 year old who is really into it.

  15. Jennifer March 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    I would love to see this exhibit because I adore the glamour and romance in Italian fashion design. It would be fascinating to see how it has evolved. I want to take my boyfriend to see this (he is a WWII history buff) and follow it by pasta dinner at South Park. I just saw the movie about Valentino that was showing at the nwFilmCenter and would love to see one of his hand made gowns in person.

  16. Georgia March 19, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    What an opportunity to view something completely different at the Art Museum and learn something about which I know nothing. Isn’t that what life is all about? Let’s go.

  17. Daniel March 19, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    I would love to take my girlfriend to this. she would love to see dresses and styles from this era. it wold make a great date night.

  18. Amy March 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    I would love to experience something new!

  19. Karmell Mazurek March 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Sweet baby jesus I wanna go!

  20. Lani March 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    Please please please!!!!

  21. Chris March 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    I’ve been seeing ads for this all around town and really want to go! This sounds really interesting.

  22. Michael Mann March 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    OK – I’m not a huge fashion fan, though I like a classic look and Audrey Hepburn and vintage Sophia Loren. BUT my 8th grade daughter is doing a research report on the history of fashion in America and really wants to go to this show. Plus, I dragged her to the Cyclopedia show a couple years ago and she’s decidedly not into bikes. So I owe her, and this getting these tickets would make a pretty awesome father/daughter date happen.

  23. Marco March 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    This art touches my heart.
    Festeggiamo la moda italiana!

  24. Brandi March 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    I love fashion and the beautiful art that can be made with clothes but unfortunately when it comes to dressing myself I can be fashion challenged and I would love a chance to check out the gorgeous fashion on display at the museum and hopefully get some inspiration as well!

  25. Amber McMurry March 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    My daughter is 13 and very into fashion and designing. Her birthday is May 12th and this would be a fabulous early gift to surprise her with!

  26. Pam March 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    Love the PAM and all the wonderful exhibits!!!

  27. Lauri March 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    There is something so sexy about good fashion — would love to see this exhibit!

  28. E.A. March 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Yes please!

  29. L March 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    This tantalizing exhibit would be quite the treat! Sign me up!

  30. Megan March 19, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

    I’m known as a fashion plate by fellow employees and complete strangers. I would loooove to learn more about it, but I just can’t afford it!

  31. Brittanie March 19, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    I’m interested.

  32. Kyle Stasse March 19, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    looks cool!

  33. Lindsey S March 19, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    I’m obsessed with vintage fashion – especially covering a variety of eras and from Italy nonetheless! I would love to see how these styles and designs have influenced todays styles worldwide. As a fashionista this is a prime exhibit for me to attend!


  34. Gary Byrne March 20, 2015 at 2:48 am #

    What an amazing way to learn about other things that have been done before about fashion. My son would love it too.

  35. Mela Seaver March 20, 2015 at 3:10 am #

    I cannot afford the tickets but I would love to take my 5 year old fashion designer who constantly draws her own dress designs.

  36. Maggie March 20, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Nice to see the touch of fashion in Pdx. I have been inspired since little girl from coming from Paris. Gorgeous spring colors.Thank you for fashion.

  37. danuta starzynski March 20, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    yes, please

  38. Jen A March 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    I am a 34 year old woman who has worn tube socks everyday since the 7th grade. Perhaps I could learn a thing or two from the masters in this show.

  39. Lynn March 21, 2015 at 5:07 am #

    I would love to Rome around here!

  40. Josephine March 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    I heard this exhibit is a must see! Would love to go!

  41. Brittany March 21, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    I love museum exhibits featuring clothes!

  42. Julia T. March 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Who DOESN’T love Italian fashion?!

  43. gail March 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    pick me! I must see this show.

  44. Baker March 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    My 16 yr old niece wants to be a fashion designer….this would be awesome! Thx!!

  45. Stacey March 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Looks like a great exhibition!

  46. Tracey March 24, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    I’d LOVE to take my fashion loving mother in law! She’s my reminder that aging doesn’t mean I’ll fitting, boring clothes. She saw the sign for this exhibit and I saw stars in her eyes. I would like to do something nice for her since she’s always doing nice things for me.

  47. Lucetta Ainsworth March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    I am Italian, love anything Italian, love anything Portland – what a great combination

  48. Linda S March 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    I have been seeing the ads on the back of the bus for months now. This would be fun.

  49. Thea March 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    Inspiration for my next project!

  50. Casey R March 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    I have always been a Giorgio Brutini fan and admire the craftsmenship. I would love to explore in detail what binds those companies together.

  51. Kat March 25, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    This is a great opportunity for a comprehensive look into Italian fashion. I am so excited to go to this exhibit!

  52. Jane Pez March 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    I have a serious lack of fashion sense. Maybe attending this event would lead me to a fashion epiphany.

  53. BettyJean March 26, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    Girls outing … yay!

  54. Autumn Webring March 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    Italian fashion is amazing and i would love to check this show out!

  55. Ditty Nicolaides March 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm #


  56. Grafton March 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    would love to go check this out!

  57. Sarah G March 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    This sounds wonderfully inspiring.

  58. Rob W March 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    would be great to surprise my girlfriend and here sister with this, then I can go watch the game around the corner

  59. Emily March 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    I would love to get back to the museum and check this exhibit out!

  60. Heather March 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    This would be a super fun exhibit at the museum!

  61. Mari Stephenson March 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    A perfect balance for my volunteering at the Couve Couture event next month.

  62. Lindy March 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    I would love to take my dad!

  63. Liane March 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    It would be WONDERFUL to see this exhibit! With a wedding coming soon, funds are tight – but I’m fascinated by this!! Please consider me!

  64. Dennis March 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    If I don’t go, I’ll just keep letting my 3 and 5 year old daughters dress me. It’s worked well so far!

  65. Laura Luther March 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    My sister deserves this, trust me.

  66. jr March 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    “Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada, and Versace.”

  67. Andrea March 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm #


  68. Andrew March 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    As an artist, this would be a great opportunity to find inspiration. I would also use this as a fun date with my significant other.

  69. Chris ames March 27, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Because in my mind I am Gregory Peck.

  70. Callie Herron March 27, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Sounds amazing! I love history and fashion. Thanks for the chance! :)

  71. Anna March 27, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Had a baby a week ago. Dying to get back the outside world. Would love to throw him in the carrier and check out the collection!

  72. Amanda March 27, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    I’m a total art nerd and haven’t been to the Portland Art Museum since high school! Would love an opportunity to see this exhibit.

  73. Emily March 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Fashion & Art together? Count me in!

  74. Jenn March 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I’d love to be inspired by this exhibit!

  75. Lauri March 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Can I comment more than once? Coz I really want to win!

  76. Bryan Gonzales March 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    With all of these entries, how do you choose….I’d be honored to attend. I’m looking for inspiration, this would be perfect.

  77. Chris March 28, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    Step into the room
    Like it’s a catwalk
    Singing to the tune
    Just to keep them talking

  78. Amanda hatch March 28, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    I would love tickets to this! Super cool

  79. Jennifer Reid March 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    What’s a museum?

  80. Marco March 30, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    Let’s celebrate Italian style!

    Questa arte tocca il mio cuore.

  81. Rhawnie March 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    This looks so awesome

  82. Katie B March 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    I’ve never been to Portland Art Museum, this would be amazing to see.

  83. Abbey March 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    I want to go to this because my father taught me about italian design as part of my heritage and i want to go and tell him all about what i learned.

  84. Rachel April 1, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    I’d love to take my boyfriend! We’re poor graduate students and will be in Portland this weekend!

  85. Logan April 11, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    My italian girlfriend heard the call of her ancestors and entered fashion school recently. I’d love to learn more about what inspired her so much!

  86. eriko April 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm #


  87. David Rottenberg March 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    I’d Love to take my girlfriend here for her birthday! She is always telling me about fashion trends and wonderful Italian fashion designers and being from a small town, away from major cities, we’ve never had the chance to see anything like this in person.

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