On the runway, two types of rare and precious brocades, hand-woven on the ancient Fondazione Lisio looms in distinctly Renaissance patterns.
The non-profit Fondazione Lisio – unique among the 38 artisan concerns selected by Domenico Dolce – carries forward the 114-year history of the Lisio textile manufactory. The foundation not only continues the manufacturing activity, perpetuating the techniques and quality standards which have set Lisio apart over time, but also trains the new generations at the textile arts school and promotes the culture of textile excellence through multiple cultural and publishing activities.
An important encounter with Domenico Dolce that provided strong testimony that excellence, consummate skill and a love for tradition and Made in Italy are still alive and going strong, and are still outstanding attributes of a heritage of enchantment and absolute beauty.
Dolce&Gabbana Fashion Show, Alta Sartoria - Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence - September 2, 2020
The Lisio tradition began in Florence, in 1906, when Giuseppe Lisio opened his first shop in Via dei Fossi and established his manufactory in the city’s Oltrarno district.
In perfect Renaissance style, he reproduced the model of the bottega where the master transmitted every aspect of his art and all its secrets to his apprentices and produced true masterpieces of high craftsmanship.
Accessories from masters of the Florentine artistic crafts complete the Dolce&Gabbana total look in brocade:
The three stones custom-cut for the piece are iolites, also known as ‘water sapphires’, whose shade of blue tending to violet is unique and unmistakable. One hundred brilliant-cut sapphires are set at the bases of the tines. The entire silver surface, even on the back and along the edges, is decorated with traditional burin-engraved spiralling tendrils and volutes, while the yellow gold is made even more precious by application of the exclusive penkato technique