Stage Beauty

Operatic elegance combines with royal details in the Fall 2009 collection of D&G by Dolce and Gabbana.

Corseted bodices, rich brocades, ermine capes...these design choices all reference the wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603).

The Elizabeth elements combined with the romance of the clothing makes Shakespeare a stageworthy reference point; Even moreso since Elizabeth was an avid supporter of theatre and Shakespeare's work.
The 1998 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes highlights the Elizabethan references in the D&G collection with neck ruffs, lush fabrics and sheer romance.

The fabric of these beautiful dresses mirror the curtain and color scheme of the Paris Opera.

Soft satins, textured velvets, lace, ribbons and tassels all make for romantic designs.

The tufting of the fabric creates a plush appearance that reminds me of a luxurious opera house seat.

Wearable art: The fabric of this design resembles the ceiling of the ornately beautiful foyer in the Paris Opera.

Can't you imagine floating down the grand staircase in this elegant gown? Prince Charming would of course be waiting for you at the base of the stairs, ready to escort you to the opera.

The 2004 film starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum brought the 1909 story of the Phantom and his love to the silver screen. Interestingly, the story was inspired by the real-life falling of the chandelier that tragically killed one person in 1896.
"Turn your face away from the garish light of day, turn your thoughts away from the cold, unfeeling light-and listen to the music of the night!" -The Phantom

The Paris Opera was built for the Emperor and Empress Eugenie in the 1860s in the Beaux Art style. The marble friezes, statues and luminescent chandeliers provide the perfect setting for the classic story of the Phantom as well as the D&G collection.

"Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime. Lead me, save me from my solitude. Say you'll want me with you, here beside you. Anywhere you go let me go too. Christine, that's all I ask of you..." -The Phantom

With the voice of Gerard Butler, the romantic setting of the Paris Opera and the beautiful clothes of D&G, it would surely be a happy ending...Phantom or not.

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