Fair warning before we jump in: *Fan-girl-CharLee-alert*…this one might ramble on a little 😉
As you are already aware by now, I am a total a history fanatic. Things of the past make me tingly with excitement! I have always felt a sense of adventure and awe when it comes to the power and wisdom innate to the past. To my great joy, this time the fan-girl trigger was the Italian fashion house, Dolce and Gabbana. They did it! With an exposition of one of my favourite architectural artwork, D&G got the CharLee senses tingling! Let’s get started with some background info.
Mosaic artwork is the use of tiny pieces of stone, glass or any other material assembled together to create imagery or as it has historically been the case – to tell a story.
AND OHHHH the stories it tells! Seriously, what has resulted from mosaic art is an incredible record of historical milestones, be it mythical, spiritual or cultural. With colourful expositions of people, religion, and conquests all to way to re-impressions of other art forms, it is truly a magnificent sight to behold.
Mosaic artwork has evolved due to an array of adopters with rich cultural history. Tracing its roots to Greek-Roman beginnings, mosaics became solidly popular due to Christian adoptions as witnessed by the architectural decorations of Cathedrals and Basilicas. There are also versions of Jewish mosaics in Synagogues. One of my personal favourite adoptions of the mosaic style are those found in Middle Eastern and Islamic art and architecture. Mosques and palaces were decorated with it and I find it incredibly rich and gorgeous!!!
The style has evolved with the shifting powers of conquering empires and the resulting cultural changes it brought. I can seriously go on and on and on and onnnnnnnn about it, as there is such a wealth of interesting information to share. But I will keep it brief. I hope this was enough to prick your curiosity so that you may conduct your own in depth research 😉
Well then Angels, in order to avoid writing a book rather than a post, let’s get back to Dolce & Gabbana!
The largest collection of mosaics preserved in its original site is found at the Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily. Dolce & Gabbana is a fashion house with very evident love for their Sicilian roots. They have repeatedly showcased the love they have for their cultural roots through their various collections. This year it was heavily inspired by the historical mosaic styling from the late Roman and Byzantine eras. So without further ado, check out Dolce & Gabbana’s fall/winter 2013 collection in all its decadent glory.
Richly detailed, vivid, decadent and opulent are the words that spring to mind when looking at this collection. The collection also incorporated gorgeous reds and blacks with the most intricate detailing.
So, here’s a toast to D&G’s Royal Sicilian Beauty! Hope you enjoyed reading the post, as much as I did writing it.
PS: You know what this means, Mosaic print-wear in the fall/winter wardrobe – check! Also once last time, together: