Dresses worn in films are seen displayed during a media preview of the "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014" exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London April 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Neil Hall)
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Rarely seen Bulgari jewelry once owned by actress Elizabeth Taylor and suits, dresses, gowns and accessories by top names in postwar Italian fashion are on display at an exhibition opening this week at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.The exhibition includes some 120 ensembles and accessories by fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Ginafranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci and Versace, plus couture from Giambattista Valli, ready-to-wear from Fausto Publisi and work from Valentino's designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.Actress Elizabeth Hurley, who shot to fame wearing a Versace dress at the premiere of the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral," said Italian designers added that little bit extra.Hollywood stars caught on to Italian fashion, and the V&A exhibition shows not only the Bulgari jewels worn by Taylor but dresses worn by Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn.
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