The Dolce and Gabbana – Alta Sartoria show took place in a museum called Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. The Museum is a hidden jewel in Milan, and was founded by Cardinal Borromeo in 1609 on the principle of “doing it for the public,” as Gabbana explained in an interview. Stefana Gabbana said “we don’t know why we got permission to show here,” “No one ever showed here before,” he paused, dumbfounded. “But we got it.”
The designers have become location method dressmakers, allowing the frames of the location to inform the collection. Gabbanna said ” “I started to collect books around the world to give the people the possibility to learn about everything in the world. And this is the best message: we can work to give something to the people, not just for ourselves.”
One of his best works in the collection in the first pieces is a cape with an astrakhan collar in the Borromeo’s collection that was inspired by Caravaggio which was a still life painting of a fruit bowl called ‘Canestra di Frutta’. The second look in the collection, preceded by a scarlet cassock. This was a literal collection, and that was precisely the point. “Classic beauty,” Dolce said. “We need beauty to make life better.”
The work of Dolce and Gabbana is described in one word -‘Renaissance art’, and we’ve noticed that Dolce and Gabbana, have an obsession for Renaissance art courtesy of Giovanni Battista Moroni(an Italian painter of the Late Renaissance period), who features within the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with a well known painted art work called “The Tailor” which belongs to the National Gallery.
The Alta Satoria collection was inspired by Mironi and featured 115 looks. They are clothes in hyper-opulence, gilded embroideries with gems and prints of the renaissance canvases. The show was full of glamour and sophistication, delicately coloured tailoring, pristine coats with dusty royal blues and purples, and the sixteen century style were well translated into our modern times.
The Alta Sartoria, is about the men’s couture collection, which can be very challenging for any designer to create styles which speaks theatre for the private dandy client, who communicates his modern majesty through the intricate, almost impossible-looking craftsmanship of his clothes, yet Dolce and Gabbana made it work.
The eponymous label created new trompe l’oeils with plume in a neatly storied quills on tops and tailoring with wealth of fur techniques, they created optical illusions with use of metallic dyes. The collection was a feast for the eyes of the clients, sensory stimulating and a kind of fashion you just have to sit back and enjoy. “We love for the new man to have a vision about beauty and art,” Gabbana said.
Here are the full collection below: