Art Adorned, which runs from 22 November until 3 December at Christie’s London, gives Dolce & Gabbana couture gowns and a home alongside Renaissance originals. A full-skirted, corseted dress featuring a cross-stitched replica of the 1505-1506 painting Madonna del Prato by Raphael, for instance, sits alongside Francesco Botticini’s similarly rich oil painting Madonna and Child with Two Angels.
‘Dolce&Gabbana has always drawn on culture, costume and art history for their designs,’ comments Flavia Lefebvre D’Ovidio, Old Masters Paintings specialist at Christie’s in London. ‘They pay homage to the past, whilst transmitting a sense of glamour, richness and opulence.’ Important Old Master paintings and decorative arts from the 14th to 19th centuries are shown alongside Dolce&Gabbana couture garments and jewels. Many of the items on display are available for purchase privately. The rooms in the exhibition are dedicated to a major movement or genre that appear to have influenced Dolce&Gabbana, from the Renaissance to the Rococo. The exhibition also pays homage to the influence on fashion of devotional pictures on gold ground, portraiture, and florals.