A V&A museum employee poses for the photographers with a 1977 red tulle evening dress by Valentino Couture at an exhibition entitled: 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014', at the V&A museum in London, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The show, which according to the museum, is the first to examine Italy's rich and influential contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present, opens on April 5 to July 27, 2014. On display are around 120 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses and the exhibition follows the story from the landmark catwalk shows in the 1950s to the impact of Hollywood films shot on location in Italy during the 1950s/60s where stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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LONDON (AP) -- The grace and glamour of Italian fashion are on display in London -- and the attitude, too.

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were guests at the launch of "The Glamour of Italian Fashion," a new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The duo behind Dolce & Gabbana praised Britain's "cool" style and designers like Vivienne Westwood, but were less enthusiastic about Victoria Beckham. Gabbana said the former Spice Girl had turned to fashion after doing "many, many, many different things."

He added "she's a designer but ... for us, she don't make (clothes) the same way like a fashion designer."

The exhibition, which opens Saturday, traces Italian style from the 1940s to the present day. It features designs from fashion houses including Armani, Prada, Gucci, Valentino and Versace.

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