Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2012 Fashions Honor Floral Needlepoint Rugs

Dolce & Gabbana Fall and Winter 2012 Fashions Celebrate Floral Needlepoint Rugs. “We’re not about minimalism, we’re massimalismo,” Stefano Gabbana was quoted in Vogue. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have built a multimillion-dollar luxury business based on the culture and fashions of Sicily, where as an infant Domenico Dolce slept in his father’s tailoring workshop and watched his parents hand stitch outfits for the local congregation for the high holidays.

For their Fall/Winter 2012 collection, Dolce and Gabbana has honored the traditional hand crafts of Sicily- needlepoint rugs, tapestries, white lace, sumptuous gold-thread embroidery on velvet, and pattterns inspired by the faded baroque splendor of the paintings and ornate woodwork in the palaces and basilicas of Sicily.

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The colorful floral pattern of this dress is clearly inspired by needlepoint rugs and embroideries . Image courtesy Vogue.

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The floral bands of this dress are found in antique needlepoint rugs. Image courtesy Vogue.

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The exuberant colors of the floral pattern is reminiscent of 19th century needlepoint rugs. Image courtesy Vogue.

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The floral medallion on this dress is another motif found in 19th century needlepoint rugs. Image courtesy Vogue.

Asmara’s needlepoint rugs are inspired by antique needlepoint rugs which artist Elizabeth Moisan re-invents in a freer spirit that feels modern and traditional at the same time. Here are some examples.

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The Adria Needlepoint Rug is made entirely by hand with hundreds of custom dyed colors based on an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan inspired by 19th century English rugs. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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The Margate Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan inspired by an antique French Aubusson Rug. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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The Moldova Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan inspired by 19th century Bessarabian Rugs which were made for the Russian nobility. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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The Branches Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan inspired by a silk brocade by the famous 18th century English textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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The Canterbury Needlepoint Rug is handmade with 300 custom dyed colors to replicate a painting by Elizabeth Moisan which had the shading and patina of Bessarabian rugs made in the 19th century for Russian nobility. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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Detail showing the subtle shading and patina in the Canterbury Needlepoint Rug. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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The Carlisle Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan inspired by 19th century English rugs. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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The Soliel Needlepoint Rug is handmade from an original painting by Elizabeth Moisan of her fantasy Cape Cod, Massachusetts garden. Rug Design Copyrighted Asmara, Inc.

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