On Friday, the Portland Monthly reported that the Portland Art Museum has booked Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945, a fashion-specific exhibit in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Fashion has been making more frequent appearances on the museum circuit in recent years, but not here. I used 2013's combo of overlapping fashion centric exhibits at the Met (Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity and Punk: Chaos to Couture) as an excuse to blow all my airline points on two round trips to New York, and plenty of Portland fashion enthusiasts have taken road trips to Seattle and/or San Francisco to experience exhibits that don't quite reach us here.

The exhibit is going to have some major pieces from legends like Pucci, Versace, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana... 90 garments in all. It's going to be marvelous! The only downside is that the exhibit doesn't open until February... 2015. Though as the museum Tweeted at me over the weekend, "It will be worth the wait."

Gianfranco Ferre ad, F/W 91
  • Gian Paolo Barbieri
  • Gianfranco Ferre ad, F/W '91