Dolce & Gabbana have chosen Florence for the presentation of their men’s Alta Sartoria and women’s Alta Moda collections. From 2 to 4 September, the city will be the stage of an important calendar of events and of a special project that will directly involve local artisans. “The Renaissance has always meant the extraordinary to us, pure creativity, manual ability of the highest level, just like a love for Italy, art, and that which is handmade has always represented a fixed point of references in our work” declared the two stylists.
‘The Renaissance and Rebirth’ is the title of the event that will begin 2 September with a menswear fashion show to be held inside the Palazzo Vecchio 'Salone dei Cinquecento’, the most important room in the Palace adorned with the frescos of Vasari. Unique and extraordinary pieces will appear on the catwalk accompanied by accessories and objects made by artisan workshops. On the same date also a High Jewelry presentation will be staged inside the cloisters of Santa Maria Novella. The calendar of events will continue the next day in the wonderful Italian garden of Villa Bardini, with its Baroque staircase and unique view of Florence, and end at the Cantine Antinori vineyard.
The main aim of the project is that of understanding and respecting the identity and unique characteristics of every single artisan involved, bringing their creations under the spotlight of an international public. It is exactly for this reason that work was not subcontracted out, but rather the stylists worked in complete harmony with artisans to highlight the pieces which, already unique and precious on their own, were often pushed beyond their normal use, inventing a new identity for them.
The creations made from terracotta, silk, gold, silver, leather, straw, wicker, crystal, porcelain, glass, wood, brocade, feathers, beads, semi-precious stones, and marble intarsia interpret not only the value of artisanal tradition, often handed down from one generation to the next, but also a clear attention on contemporary renderings.
Recounting this rich and meticulous universe is a limited-edition book produced with the contribution of Cuoio di Toscana. A leather cover, the profiles of the individual artisans and the designs of the objects to be presented on the catwalk: a kind of guide for touring the city.
In addition, the display cases containing the work of the artisans involved in the project will be exhibited in Palazzo Vecchio, in the Cortile di Michelozzo, from September 2 to October 15. One will be dedicated to Cuoio di Toscana.