Fashion may not be everyone’s religion but it certainly is for Dolce & Gabbana. The brand clearly expressed their love for fashion at their AW18 collection runway show while also paying respect to their catholic religion.
The designers named this collection Fashion Devotion with the whole show being dedicated to the faith's role in their designing and everyday life. The collection made Catholic related remarks everywhere you looked, from the setting to the garments and it ever bit as glamorous as you'd expect.
The show took place in a setting inspired by a church on the island of Sicily, where Domenico Dolce was born. Oversized Vatican-inspired statues (including cupids) and grand golden gates served as the altar of the runway.
At the opening of the show though there was not a model to be seen, but instead dozens of drones flocked to the runway to showcase the designer's new handbags. When the models finally graced the runway it was clear the garments were incorporated with lots religious iconography.
Angels were plastered over deep purple coloured sweaters, jackets were beaded, dresses were made of velvet and sequins, there were embroidered brocade coats, sophisticated trousers, the models were laced with grand jewels and profane slogan t-shirts read things such as ‘Fashion Sinner’.
The Catholicism theme to the show served as a timely reminder of the theme of the upcoming Met Gala, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The exhibition will explore religions relationship with the industry fashion which was once considered dangerous territory but isn’t so much today.
(Images from Vogue)