Inside Dolce & Gabbana's First Couture Show

July 13, 2012 12:00 AM

Inside Dolce & Gabbana's First Couture Show

" Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana debuted its first-ever couture collection dubbed Alta Moda to a select group in Sicily in the remote seaside town of Taormina over several days. Only three members of the press were invited along with various members of Vogue including US editor Anna Wintour. Guests included celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Stephanie Seymour and 80 potential customers who had traveled from Qatar, Russia, China, the US, Germany and Japan to attend.

Dolce & Gabbana’s dive into the high-end comes less than a year after the design duo shuttered their less expensive diffusion line D&G. This couture collection was conceived six years ago, and took six-months to produce.

Stefano Gabbana told the Daily Telegraph: "When we started out 27 years ago, our dream was to become a maison like Chanel, old Chanel. And now, maybe, this dream is coming true."

The couture weekend started with guests being treated to Bellini's Bel Canto opera Norma in the ancient Roman amphitheatre. Later in the evening there was a fireworks display set to Verdi's Valzer Brillante, and dancing. The show itself was staged in the former monastery of San Domenico "

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