The History of the Alta Moda Collection From Dolce & Gabbana – Pursuitist

Dolce & Gabbana launched the Alta Moda collection in 2012. Every year since varying versions of the collection has graced some of the most exotic cities in the world. The collection’s international community of the rich and famous have grown to around 1,000 members who show up every year to enjoy the festivities as well as the fashion.  Here are a few of the highlights in the iconic collection’s history:


2021: Venice Fashion Show

400 ultra-rich clients, including Jennifer Lopez, Doja Cat, Ciara, and Christian Bale attended the 2021 Alta Moda show in Venice, Italy. It featured a performance of “Nessum Dorma” by Jennifer Hudson that preceded the arrival of the collection by gondola. Intended to appeal to a younger audience, the cast included Sean Combs’ daughters Chance, Jessie James and D’Lila Star, Monica Bellucci’s daughter Deva, Christian Bale’s daughter Luka and Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni.


2020: Alta Moda Goes Virtual

The global pandemic prevented Dolce and Gabbana from continuing their annual Alta Moda show in 2020, so the designers took the grand affair online. Fans of the collection were able to access detailed information and photographs by visiting a secret website that only those with a key could enter.


2018: Night at the Opera

In 2018 Dolce and Gabbana brought 100 unique looks to the Metropolitan Opera House. The show closed out a weekend that also featured jewelry night with Sarah Jessica Parker and the Sartoria menswear show with Liza Minnelli. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana scored invites to the unique event thanks to having underwritten the Italian translation of Met titles. The clothes were both opera-inspired and an ode to New York and the United States. Naomi Campbell closed out the show, followed by gold confetti, fireworks, and dinner on the Met stage under the set for Puccini’s Turandot.

2017: Alta Moda in Palermo

This 126-look collection from Dolce and Gabbana attracted about 430 clients to the city of Palermo, including Rosario Crocetta, the President of Sicily. This was the designers’ first return to the place of Domenico Dolce’s birth since the collection debuted in Taormina in 2012. Their collection sought to retell some of the most romantic stories of the island. The show took place in the “Square of Shame,” so named for the nude statues that decorate its marble fountain.

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2016: Alta Moda Goes To Hong Kong

The 2016 show marked two firsts for the historic fashion house. It was the first-ever coed Dolce and Gabbana show and their first show outside of Italy. The show was held in the lobby of the Peninsula hotel and featured 58 women’s looks and 47 men’s. The cast was entirely Chinese models. The show’s 240 attendees were mostly local clients. After the show, the guests were treated to an Italian lunch of mozzarella, tomatoes, and sea bass.

2015: Alta Moda for Men

Women get most of the attention when it comes to high fashion and Dolce and Gabbana’s collections have been no different. However, in 2015 the fashion house launched the Alta Sartoria, which means high tailoring, menswear collection as a complement to their Alta Moda line. While the designers were not new to menswear, this would be the first collection where everything from jacket buttons to bags, hats, and shoes could be customized.

When Dolce and Gabbana began the Alta Moda project, critics questioned the sense of starting a costly couture business. However, the fantastic pieces of the Alta Moda collection are as much art as they are fashion. Dolce and Gabbana has built a following blending their over-the-top fashion with larger-than-life settings and extravagant showmanship that is sure to keep bringing fans of the Alta Moda line back for years to come.

Kimberly Fisher

Kimberly Fisher is a Pursuitist contributor. As a freelance writer and on-camera host, Kimberly has traveled the world and has published over 400 articles in over 44 publications including Sherman’s Travel, Huffington Post, Just Luxe, Luxury Lifestyles UK, eHow, Examiner, Food Wine Travel Magazine, Luxe Beat, NiteGuide, Ocean View, and USA Today. Disclosure: Kimberly is employed by Remy Cointreau Americas.

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