We Go To Rome With V&A For A Glamorous Fashion Feast - Here Are The Best Bits

24 March 2014 by

GALLERY >> Scroll through for the most fabulous fashion moments on the V&A's trip to Roma. Firstly - no visit is complete without a meal at Elizabeth Taylor's favourite: Taverna Flavia

The walls of Taverna Flavia are flourished with signed photographs of Hollywood on the Tiber's most glamorous

Albertina can be credited as one of the most innovative knitwear labels of all time

The lovely Maura Giubbolini talked us through the bespoke and ready to wear collections of past and present

Nom. A scrumptious evening meal at Buca di Ripetta

Bulgari's creative director Lucia Silvestri is the only woman in her position within the ENTIRE jewellery industry. Her adventures in the wild world of gemstones would make for a fantastic book

Lucia explained the difficult process behind sourcing the precious stones and subsequently doing them justice via divinely unique and bespoke designs... we had to try some on!

Bulgari employ skilled and enthusiastic workers who create their products lovingly by hand - often staying at the company for their entire working lives

Off to Cinecittà! The romantic studios where so many iconic films were made: Ben Hur, Cleopatra, Romeo & Juliet...

Oh, hi supersize statue at Cinecittà!

This is not real! But a giant splicing of different sets - most recently the TV series Pompeii was filmed at Cinecittà

At Dal Co' shoes we discovered the Paparazzo stiletto designed by the founder, Alberto in 1953 - just perfect for kicking those pesky photographers away...

And we saw the inner workings of this legendary cordwainers - who still have the lasts (that's the foot moulds) for many high profile clients

Spotted these cheeky Fendi peekaboo monsters while walking through the city

Next stop: Fondazione Micol Fontana. Where the archive of the Fontana Sisters (one of Rome's leading labels in the '50s) is so beautifully kept by the family's foundation

The Fontana sisters created many an evening and wedding gown for the rich and famous of the time

Thousands of their designs, sketches and fabric samples have been safeguarded for students and visitors to pore over for inspiration

A peek into the Fontana wardrobes of the past

Including this Liz Taylor number - apparently she liked the bum and hips to be padded, making her waist look even smaller. Kim K eat yer heart out!

Intricate fabrications were very much a part of the Fontana DNA

Another label who created some of the era's finest frippery was Gattinoni - they're still going now with many couture clients

And these are the ladies who make it happen from their studios in the centre of Rome

Staying at the celebrity favoured and sumptuously Art Deco Hotel Locarno was a treat

Thanks Hotel Locarno!

It was a top spot for the likes of Federico Fellini

Sweeeeet! The only way to do brekkie in Roma

The wonderful club-night-insider-turned-major-fashion-collector Enrico Quinto kindly invited us into his home for dinner and an exclusive look into his incredible fashion archive. Enrico has contributed to the V&A's forthcoming exhibition, of course!

This Courrèges piece from the '60s reminded us of Prada's S/S'13 collection - how cute?

Now here's how to do a food display - as seen at the restuarant Otello

Betty Boop made an appearance

When in Rome... get a caricature

And obvs, see the Coliseum!

This dog!

A city full of fabulous fountains and perfect end of day light = one good instagram opp

Casually strolling through the city, ready for fashion action

Even the market stalls of Campo de Fiore are inspiring

I'll have the Sofia Loren toastie please

A great view from The Spanish Steps

Our mode of transport... Not really

You'll no doubt recognise this shot from THAT scene in La Dolce Vita - it's the Trevi Fountain!

So long Roma, it's been brilliante!

The V&A’s stylish blockbuster of 2014 will soon open its doors. This coming April 5, The Glamour of Italian Fashion (1945-2014) heralds the first major show to celebrate and showcase the brilliance of this country’s contribution to fashion.

Alongside a wealth of finds from the museum’s existing archives, curator Sonnet Stanfill has been meticulously researching her project for the past few years. Which is why a V&A-planned trip to Rome – in order to visit some of the most influential names behind this exhibit – featured an itinerary that was far more than molto bene.

Grazia Daily joined the team in The Eternal City to dig a little further into what Made In Italy really means: from the rarefied world of Bulgari fine jewellery to Elizabeth Taylor’s most fabulous frocks circa Roma’s Hollywood on the Tiber heyday, plus a peek inside the wardrobe of the country’s foremost designer vintage collector.

Sprinkle in some fried artichokes (a local speciality), ancient ruins and fabulous shopping opportunities a-plenty and you have yourself a very impressive press trip. Scroll through the gallery above to see the best fashion bits (and more)….

For further information on the exhibition and how to book tickets, visit www.vam.ac.uk/italianfashion


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