HOSTESS 2 PC OUTFIT C. 196368. LABEL MARKED GINO PAOLI, MADE IN ITALY. WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF SMOC COURTESY OF NONAKAHILL AND IVAN SAYERS
All’italiana: The Craft Of Italian Fashion C. 1900-2000
Il Museo, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC - To Mar 28
Speak the names Fortuny, Schiaparelli, Pucci and Gucci out loud and expect to hear a collective “ahh” of appreciation. These and other leading 20th-century Italian fashion designers are represented in an exhibition of fine garments, drawn from notable public and private collections. The show illustrates how designers and craftspeople drew from Italy’s rich art history, as well as how they responded to the modern world. Of special interest is the handcrafted nature of the Italian fashion (and shoes) on display.