Art as Fashion
If you’ve ever traveled to the Near East or opened an art history book, you’ll be familiar with the Byzantine mosaics that influenced Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection…not even in stores yet! Laden with lace and glistening in gold, it really is a breathtaking and brilliant display of the art that dominated ancient Istanbul–art which is still in existence today. Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the wondrous fall collection by the inimitable Italian fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
The models wear intricate crowns fashioned boldly in gold, encrusted with gems, and their dresses sparkle with the decadence of shimmering mirrored tiles.
The rich and opulent colors of Byzantine art are the essential element on the runway.
Backstage are lace dresses with swirling patterns and beaded renditions of saints.
The collection includes intricately etched jeweled handbags.
The models wear heavily-gilded Eastern Orthodox cross earrings and necklaces…
…which shine brilliantly against modern scarlet red lace frocks.
The designers include some pieces that are more traditional, such as this tweed herringbone coat, but the Byzantine influence is clearly evident through their ornate gold accessories.
Still, our favorite picks are the golden mosaic dresses with bell sleeves…
…and the slinky, celestial-meets-sexy column dresses like the ones pictured above and below.