From Heart to Hands: Dolce&Gabbana’s Artistic Craftsmanship

A photo gallery introduces us to one of the exhibitions of the year, for fashion and beyond. Because From the Heart to the Hands, a genuinely immersive exhibition by Dolce&Gabbana (Milan, Palazzo Reale, until 31 July), is a fantastic journey into imaginative artistic craftsmanship that is an exhilarating celebration of Italian savoir-faire

by Luca Fumagalli


A circular journey. Immersive, in the least digital and most fundamental sense there is. It is an exhibition movement where, absurdly, more than anything that fills the eyes and the mind, what stays with you, in the end. It is the succession of sound comments of each installation. Of each room. From the Heart to the Hands, the exhibition dedicated to Dolce&Gabbana, open until 31 July 2024 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, begins with a heartbeat. And to that same heartbeat, it returns after having stopped or touched or perhaps crossed, a heart, an iconic element of the two designers’ creativity.

From the Heart to the Hands

A succession of rooms, each furnished in every detail, allows, as the curator Florence Müller writes, “delve into the heart (here it comes back…) of the singular creative universe of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana”. To delve into it physically, not only by admiring a seemingly endless procession of creations that have travelled through various seasons of fashion in recent decades. For example, by entering an old-fashioned, typically Milanese tailor’s workshop, where a craftsman wanders among the workbenches. Or being amazed by the ‘Sicilian’ room where an explosion of colours – that you can almost smell – teleports you into another dimension.




The artistic craftsmanship of Dolce&Gabbana

Two examples among many of Dolce&Gabbana’s artistic craftsmanship with which From the Heart to the Hands overwhelms the visitor with the myriad of infinitesimal details expressed by each dress and accessory. It would suffice, in this sense, to dwell on the mosaic dresses of the Monreale Collection, astonishing in their ability to express what – to all intents and purposes – is revealed as a form of cultural richness.

A feeling, the latter, that finds translation in the words of Monsignor Alberto Rocca, which we find in the exhibition catalogue. “Art can only be defined as such when it creates an emotion, a quiver of desire, a reference to something that goes beyond and that we do not always know how to name. This is the experience to which Dolce&Gabbana know how to lead us”. If you’re passing through Milan in the next couple of months, don’t miss this exhibition.

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