Dolce & Gabbana have released a book of photographs that highlight the art of embroidery called Diamonds and Pearls. The collection of ornamental needle work is breath-taking, especially when the items embroidered onto the selected items are diamonds and pearls. All of the clothing and accessories in the book were personally hand-picked by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Though there are lots of gems, there are also plenty of other shiny pretty things including gemstones, sequins of all sizes, gold leaves and Swarovski crystals. The Italian duo stated, “Glamour and luxury. The essence and the evolution of our fashion are reflected in the pictures in this book.” One of the really interesting facets of the book is that the pieces are modeled by “real dolls,” rather than human models to create a “timeless” beauty. It really helps to highlight the items – sometimes the model can be distracting and become the focus – but I do admit that the lack of hair is a bit distracting. The photographs were taken by Guenter Parth and features shots in nature, as well as the studio. Diamonds and Pearls retails for $270 and benefits the Butterfly Foundation’s Écoles sans Frontières, a non-profit organization committed to building primary schools for children in disadvantaged countries. In the U.S., the book is only available at four locations: Rizzoli Bookstore (NY), Ursus Books (NY), William Stout (SF) and Peter Miller (SEA).
Most of the images are from the website. All others are from NYMag.
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