The sights, flavours, colours and unique traditions of Sicily, a melting pot of southern Mediterranean cultures ranging from ancient Greek to north African passing by Norman and Spanish, contribute to the island’s mythical and timeless appeal. Tourists from all over the world flock to this unique region of Italy, and many are seduced by its one of a kind atmosphere. The region’s contrasts, both social to geographical, ranging from azure waters to verdant coast line and rocky, almost deserted areas provide endless discoveries and inspiration.
Thus Sicily, the birthplace of Domenico Dolce has been an inspiration and reference to Dolce&Gabbana since the duo’s first forays into fashion. When looking back at the earliest collections, which launched Dolce&Gabbana onto the scene, the reference to Sicily is transparent and uninhibited. The Fall Winter 1987-88 collection was simply called La Sicilia, and clean lined black outfits inspired by the southern Italian peasant women who populate the region made the “widow look” desirable, captured by the expert lens of Ferdinando Scianna, who shot the timeless campaign featuring Marpessa.
Image Credit: Naomi Campbell in the Dolce&Gabbana SS 1992 fashion show. Photo by Alfredo Albertone