Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda Couture by Anna Dello Russo for Vogue Japan

As sombre as it is beautiful, 'Once Upon A Time in Sicily' is a mournful yet captivating story which portrays the elegant drama of Dolce & Gabbana in dark, foreboding style.

Art directed by fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura, and shot by Franceso Parrella, the photo shoot and short film for Vogue Japan are set in stunning Sicilian locations and highlight the exquisite Alta Moda couture collection by Dolce and Gabbana. 

First presented in Taormina, Sicily, in July, the spectacular debut Alta Moda collection is still a talking point months later. Styled by Anna Dello Russo, the delicate black lace, black veils and black organza  worn by flawless, grieving models perfectly capture the spirit of the Sicilian window and create a deeply nostalgic, ancient Italian feel to the shoot. 

Black is the undertone of the story; the melancholy funeral cortege, the emotive black and white imagery and sorrowful music soundtrack are indicative of mourning and loss. However, there is also a sense of serenity in which the timeless beauty and intricate craftsmanship of the clothes enhance the affecting poignancy of the story. 

All photographs from Vogue Japan. Copy and paste the link below to watch the stunning film:

Enjoy and reflect.

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