Ciao, Portland! Italian fashion on show

Feb 27, 2015 1769

By Moira Macdonald

Ideally, one would travel to Portland Art Museum's new exhibit "Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945" on the back of a Vespa motor scooter piloted by Gregory Peck. But Amtrak works just fine, too.

The exhibit, featuring dozens of elegant garments from the likes of Valentino, Prada, Armani and Pucci (who, it turns out, has a Portland connection; stay tuned), is at PAM through May 3. It makes a perfect excuse to pop down south for a couple of days of museum-hopping and tax-free shopping. Call it a "Roman Holiday" — a movie you'll want to rent after seeing this exhibit. (Yes, there's a bit of Audrey Hepburn . . . and even a Vespa, too.)

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