The designers crafted ten sculptural, couture-level designs out of gold lame, 30,000 Swarovski crystals, taffeta, hand-painted feathers, silk georgette and moulded metal panels. They cited Church artworks as their inspiration, particularly Fra Angelicos frescoes from the Convent of San Marco and Gianlorenzo Berninis landmark sculpture The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.
The sisters worked on the installation design with Alexandre Betak. They show the gowns suspended in midair within neon-framed cubes, under halo-like headpieces, and hovering above starbursts of lights. The installation sitea vacant building in the middle of Florence, with dresses fit into monastic, cell-like roomspromotes the devotional air.
Laura and I have been deeply inspired by Florence and its artistic legacy, Kate said in a statement. We have spent countless hours dreaming of the poetic city, every detail magnified by our own curiosity and imagination.
Once the trade show closes its doors tonight, the Mulleavys plan to donate the collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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