The Frist's dazzling new exhibit shows how the 'graceful nonchalance' of Italian fashion designers conquered the world

Jun 23, 2015 813

by Abby White

Five years ago, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts hosted the only U.S. presentation of the Victoria and Albert Museum's superb The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957, which chronicled a celebrated era of fashion marked by the debut of Christian Dior's groundbreaking "new look" and a subsequent burst of creativity and craftsmanship from designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Givenchy.

This summer, fashion will once again be the focus in the Frist's Ingram Gallery with another V&A stunner, Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945. The exhibit — the brainchild of Sonnet Stanfill, the V&A's curator of 20th century and contemporary fashion — traces the rise of the Italian fashion industry from post-World War II to present day.

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