The Vogue US September issue is so grand, so important and so iconic that even a docu-film has been produced following the painstaking activities related to the creation of the book. Seminal fashion magazine, Vogue US sets the bar for everyone to follow. In their vast September 2012 issue, the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda presentation takes pride of place.
In July, Dolce & Gabbana invited a handful of clients and the fashion press zeitgeist into a fairytale land of couture, Sicily and tradition in Toarmina. Hamish Bowles, retells the story, the details of the fashion and the mood of the celebration with the deft pen of a poet. Peter Lindbergh, under the careful guidance of Grace Coddington shoots a short yet intense story with Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda as a protagonist. The wondrous buildings and gardens of the San Domenico, a Dominican monastery turned luxury hotel are a fitting backdrop.
The unique spirit which inhabits the atelier, transported from Milan for the occasion, is beautifully described with a sense of almost religious wonder as well as human nature. The inspirations, muses and memories which give life to the maison’s debut Alta Moda collection become reality in a fantasy world of crinoline, Papasses and Sicilian widows.
Live opera plays throughout the show and is later drowned out by the exultant cries of the audience and the designers once the last model has floated off the catwalk. The night is played out by traditional music, stylists dancing to the beat of the tambourine and a sense of achievement which resulted in the re incarnation of the magic which has seduced so many, that of Sicily and Dolce&Gabbana.
Editor: Hamis Bowles
Stylist: Grace Coddington
Photographs: Peter Lindbergh
Credits: Vogue US