Monday, 18 May 2015

60 Years of Made in Italy at Pavilion KL - Part 1

Last September, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur played host to an exhibition titled “60 Years of Made in Italy”.  Fashion exhibitions are extremely rare in Kuala Lumpur.  I ended up having to go twice because of the incomplete information printed in the local newspaper.  While the exhibition ran for two weeks, I was unaware that all the other sub-exhibitions like Maison Versace Exhibition, Gucci The Icons of Heritage Exhibition and others began and ended at different times.   The first time that I went, only the Moschino Iconic Biker Bag Exhibition had opened.  The Maison Versace Exhibition was still under construction!  Imagine my dismay! 

I dithered, flip flopping between wanting to go and being too lazy to go.  I finally convinced my slothful self that I would eternally regret not going to a free exhibition about Italian fashion and headed off to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur again.  Yes, I know that the exhibition was held a year ago but I enjoyed looking through the pictures again so I decided to post them. 

In order not to crowd a single post with pictures, I have split the content into several posts.  The first post will cover the dresses set up on the steps leading to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s main Bukit Bintang entrance.  I thought the setup was beautiful and grand.  At the bottom of the steps was Maison Versace.

Prada dresses
These two dresses are by Prada.  The sequined one was worn by Cate Blanchett at the BAFTA Awards in 2000 without the fur collar.  The other dress was worn by Milla Jovovich to the “Joan of Arc” movie premiere  in 1999.

Emilio Pucci dress from 1967
This blue and green Emilio Pucci hand-printed polyester jersey dress is from the “Vivace” Spring/Summer Collection in 1967.  What a rare privilege it is to see an original design by Emilio Pucci himself, not Matthew Williamson or Peter Dundas for the house of Emilio Pucci! 

"Jungle" dress by Versace
Aha, I’m sure everyone knows this dress, thanks to Jenny from the Block!  Actually, the dress shown at the exhibition is a shorter version of the printed silk “Jungle” dress worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy Awards (and which led to the birth of Google Image Search). 

Gucci’s contribution to the dress exhibition was this fuchsia acid printed silk ruffle dress from Spring/Summer 1999 when Tom Ford was still the creative director. 

The white dress was worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1956 movie “War and Peace” and was designed by Gattinoni Couture.  On the right of the picture are two animal-print dresses.  The giraffe print one is described as a printed silk georgette “Vamp” dress embroidered with opaque sequins modeled by Naomi Campbell during the Autumn/Winter 1992/93 shows.  I cannot remember anything about the other dress and it isn’t shown in the booklet either. 

Again, I cannot find any details about the tiered dress on the left.  The dress in the middle is by Marella Ferrera and the short jacket is decorated with embroidered tiles inspired by the famous Steps of S. Maria del Monte, Caltagirone – Sicily – Unesco Heritage.  The gold and beige printed silk dress is from Laura Biagotti’s 2002 Spring/Summer Collection and is embroidered with beads and rhinestones and closed on the back with jewel-buttons.

The ensemble on the left consisted of an Oriental fantasy silk georgette blouse and black trousers in silk jersey.  You probably wouldn’t guess that it is from Salvato Ferragamo.  The short, eye-catching silk evening dress with Swarovski crystal beads and metal embroidery is from Versace’s Autumn/Winter 1998/99 collection.  Love it!

In the next part, I will cover the dresses which I liked best.  

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