by Laura Bradley .

A is for Anna

Last Tuesday, I went along to the Victoria & Albert Museum, to witness the unveiling of curator Judith Clark’s current exhibition, documenting the career of Italian-born journalist and stylist, Anna Piaggi. Guests including Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and illustrator Richard Gray, gathered to celebrate ‘Fashion-ology’, in the company of Anna herself, who was dressed in a striking Union Jack hat and cloak. The exhibition, which looks at the quintessential eccentric style icon’s unique approach to fashion over thirty years, is divided into thirteen ‘statements’. Drawn from her personal archive, a fairly informative first half comprising illustrations from Karl Lagerfeld, faxes, Polaroid storyboards and those infamous Italian Vogue Doppie Pagines, gives way to a finalé containing what you really came for: beautiful wardrobe pieces including garments by Poiret and Balenciaga and a spectacular large-scale photocopy collage installation by Richard Gray (including this charming little man, pictured above). The exhibition opened to the public yesterday and runs until 23rd April.