Dolce Gabbana Syracuse Alta Moda 2022 – “The Myth of Siracusa” – Stars Drew Barrymore, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Helen Mirren. Story by RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
Dresses in black lace, jackets with cherub sculptures on the shoulders, the procession of Cavalleria rusticana and the homage to Saint Lucia. From the richness of the Baroque to the passionate sentiments, the Syracuse collection is a staging of the essence of the Dolce Gabbana brand.
Dreams, goals, challenges to exceed expectations: 10 years have passed since July 2012 when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for the first time showed Alta Moda collection in Taormina in Sicily, in Syracuse, on the piazza del duomo of Ortigia.
This fabulous evening in Syracuse attended Drew Barrymore, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Helen Mirren, shining brighten up the sky in custom made gowns specially made for this evening by Dolce Gabbana.
Photo Courtesy: Drew Barrymore, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Helen Mirren
10 years of Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda
And it is a festival of lights, inventions, craftsmanship, workmanship, fabrics, imaginaries and imaginations: is it Sicily that takes over or is it this fashion that uses its infinite suggestions? The representation of an intimate story that became a fundamental statement of the Dolce Gabbana brand. And as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say, “Alta Moda has taught us that everything is possible “.
It is possible to come to Syracuse “a very special place whose stones, buildings and people we love” to set up an additional scenography in Piazza del Duomo, already scenically perfect, to stage the Easter Sunday procession that sets in motion the dramatic epilogue of Cavalleria rusticana : a perfect epic moment that tells the story of Sicily “but also what we are: family, feelings, faith, passion” said the designers. And it is also the relentless search for goals to overcome.
Chronologically from 2012 to 2022 Dolce Gabbana presented Alta Moda collections in many historical places: Taormina, Stucchi in Milan, Masked ball in Venice, Ballet at the Scala in Milan, Capri, Piazza Pretoria in Palermo, Naples. But also Portofino, Lake Como and, last September, San Marco in Venice… “We can’t say which Alta Moda collection is our favorite, we can’t choose: they are all our children. Of course, every time we start drawing we want to surprise ourselves,” – said Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. This 10 years is their Grand Tour, as the extraordinary learning path of the nobles and writers of the XIXth century.
Novel Cavalleria rusticana background for Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda
All history and tradition of Sicily written in the Cavalleria rusticana that Pietro Mascagni wrote in a opera that originates from the homonymous novel of Giovanni Verga. This is the story about love, jealousy, betrayal, falling in love and revenge. He talks about the popular overcoming of categories and paints a Sicily that puts its contradictions at the service of everyday life.
The scene of the Easter procession has a very important meaning of sacred and profane that has no borders on blasphemous, but discovers its possibilities . The women dressed in black with the lace veils covering their heads and faces, with their tight-fitting black lace dresses are the perfect counterpart to the sacred garments of the priests and statues of the Madonna, gilded baroque stuccoes, wrought iron gates, marble cherubs and those painted in the frescoes of the churches.
It is a perfect dimension in which Santuzza’s revenge against Turiddu who betrayed her takes place, but also the preparation of justice that Alfio will carry out by killing the rival who dared to love his wife Lola. Continuous weaves that stage different moments of life.
Just like this collection aligns moods and aesthetic concreteness starting from the white dresses that describe the Baroque of Ortigia, with the stone that is so dazzled by the sun that it becomes white. Sculpture-dresses that are accompanied by jackets that hold two cherub heads on the shoulders and that precede the black dresses in lace or made with mikado carvings and inlays on velvet or silk crêpe mounted on tulle.
Dresses that are called Carmela, Caterina, Maria Pia and that anticipate Bartolomea which is a sheer chiffon dress and Fortunata white coat with roses. And again sculptures, frescoes, gates that transformed into jackets, and visa versa. And then small organza fans that create a feather effect, dressing gowns that look like the chasubles of priests and a coat that recalls the golden tabernacle of the Cathedral.
“All in continuity both with that black that collects everything and which is our memory, our family, sensuality and many things together,” said Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. And with the silver laminated velvet dress with bra and golden belt that is the “homage to the one with which Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Syracuse, goes out in procession twice a year in the streets of the city.”
“Every time we approach a new experience, we see that it is possible to try and create something special,” conclude designers. A little aware of having passed the previous milestone and a little worried because identifying the next one will be even more difficult.
The Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda Collection is history and tale. Profound representations of Sicily and its people, the unique pieces evoke exquisite beauty, traditions and timeless Italian craftsmanship.
Soaring on the shoulders of a unique cotton Duchesse jacket, modelled cherubs with hand-sewn micro drapes and petals recreate the glow and gloss of marble in a tribute to timeless Sicilian baroque.
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