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Montreal celebrates Italian fashion with new exhibition at the McCord Museum

25/05/2016 Jennifer Braun

Whether you live in Montreal or are visiting the city this summer, fashion lovers must make a stop at the McCord Museum to discover its latest exhibition titled Eleganza: Italian fashion from 1945 to today.

The exhibition, organized by the Victoria Albert Museum (V&A), showcases the work of famous designers and emerging talent from the period following the Second World War to the present day.

The exhibition will take you through several stops starting with The Birth of Italian Fashion where gowns from local Italian dressmakers like Maria Grimaldi are displayed and highlight the craftsmanship and techniques that helped forge Italy’s reputation in the fashion industry.

Next, the Hollywood and Celebrity section puts the spotlight on garments worn by some of Hollywood’s greats like a gown by Gattinoni worn by Audrey Hepburn.

The Tailoring section offers something for the men, highlighting the precise cut and flawless finishing of Italian suits, while the Made in Italy section features ready-to-wear pieces. Finally, on your last stop in the Cult of the Designer section you will find dramatic couture designs created by fashion houses like Valentino, Gucci, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and more.

V&A curator Sonnet Stanfill who worked on the exhibition full-time for three years says it is very fitting that the exhibition has now arrived in Montreal.

“Montrealers have a tradition of dressing well and also of buying really leading fashion, and that is witnessed from 1951 when Italian fashion was imported to Montreal by Montreal department store buyers. They were at the forefront of leading the world in adopting Italian style,” Stanfill explains.

The exhibition features around 130 objects, including almost 100 garments as well as accessories, fashion photographs and a series of video interviews.

The exhibition runs May 26 to Sept. 25, 2016 at the McCord Museum.