Fashion exhibit to trace 40 years of ready-to-wear

Milan event will examine 1971-2001




MILAN — The Italian Fashion Chamber is sponsoring an exhibit that traces 40 years of ready-to-wear from its inception in 1971 through 2001.

The exhibit of clothes, sketches and photography will open in Milan’s Palazzo Reale during womenswear preview shows in February.

W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi, one of the creators, said at a presentation Monday that the exhibit will open with the seminal Milan runway show by the late Walter Albini, often identified as the beginning of Italian ready-to-wear.

Tonchi said the exhibit will end in 2001, the year Gucci was taken over by the French conglomerate Kering, marking a new era in fashion during which finance has wielded increasing influence.

The exhibit will also mark the 60th anniversary of the fashion camera.