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

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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
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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.