Vogue celebrates wool at Milan Fashion Week

Hellen van Rees designs dresses from leftover yarn (thinkstock)

Vogue is celebrating all things woollen with an exhibition for Milan Fashion Week.

Entitled When Wool is in Fashion, Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue has collaborated with The Woolmark Company to launch the artistic and glamorous event to tie in with the current runway shows.

The exclusive photographic exhibition showcases archive material from some of the world's top fashion photographers, each of which has snapped iconic wool collections from famous fashion designers.

Some of the textile and fashion industry's top names appeared at the opening event, which was led by editor in chief of Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue, Franca Sozzani, and chief of strategy and marketing at The Woolmark Company, Rob Langtry.

This wasn't some side event for the main show either, as the guestlist was a who's who of fashion names, including Donatella Versace, Teresa Missoni, Raffaello Napoleone and Paolo Zegna.

Meanwhile, wool collections from ten top fashion designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Images on offer include a head-to-toe leopard-print outfit from 1991 by Azzedine Alaia worn by Naomi Campbell, while another depicts Christy Turlington in an oversized Prada knit.

Donatella Versace even took time out from preparing for her own fashion show later this week to suggest that she too would be using wool in her upcoming runway collection.

"I'm using very lightweight wool, talking about Australian wool, because of the way it falls, because of the way [it takes to] tailoring," she told Vogue.

Discussing the archive exhibition, Sozzani told the publication that she chose the images by following a gut feeling.

"Of course, you try to get from different years, different styles, but, after, you go by instinct," she said, before hinting that a "new generation" of knitwear designers are starting to emerge in England, Italy, France and the US.

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