The podcast from Dolce&Gabbana, narrated by Isabella Rossellini, produced by Chora Media.
A podcast series about the most iconic elements of the universe created by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, exploring the references to Italy and divulging the connection between the world of film, art and culture.
Molto Italiano is a journey across the creative imagination of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and the culture and traditions of Italy, which their style has made famous all over the world.
Each episode is focused on one of the “signs” which are part of the history and nature of Dolce&Gabbana, and which all together make the brand so very Italian: from the color black to corsetry, from the tank top to the Sicilian cart.
The narrator of this tale is Isabella Rossellini: the international film and fashion icon. Alongside her own memories, she also gives voice to historians, scholars and artists, each of which lends their own perspective to the elements at the core of their episode.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana reveal the passion and inspiration behind their vision. Each episode is a chorus of voices celebrating fashion, tradition, craft, art and culture.
Molto Italiano is a Chora Media series for Dolce&Gabbana. It was narrated by Isabella Rossellini who shared and put into words some of her memories. It was written by Silvia Nucini and adapted by John Vincent. Story editing by Sara Poma; our senior account producer is Anna Nenna and our research and production assistant is Francesca Bottenghi. Our New York based producer is Guglielmo Mattioli. Voice actors: Vincenzo Tripodo, Fabrizio Matteini, Michael Loos, Rosita Martini, Andrea Galatà. It was recorded by Charles De Montebello at CDM Studios in New York. Tape sync recordings by: Pierluigi Papaiz, Michele Boreggi, Azzurra Stirpe, Hugo Hannoun. Original music, post production and sound design by Andrea Girelli; post production assistant Guido Bertolotti. Music supervision by Luca Micheli. Additional music by Machiavelli Music and Universal Music Publishing Recording.
Ep.1: The Brassiere
Almost austere, black, and inspired by the great icons of Italy’s neorealist cinema: this is the brassiere which Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been dressing women with for years. Guided by the voice of Isabella Rossellini, we discover the birth of this garment – which manages to be at the same time both temperate and erotic, a symbol of motherhood and sensuality.
French fashion historian Florence Müller tells of the brassiere’s first century of life, while the Sicilian writer Nadia Terranova shares her own memories of this object, from rites of passage to moments of family life.
The color black has many meanings, often at odds with one another. It’s the color which Sicilian women used to wear for years in sign of mourning, but it’s also synonymous with elegance. It’s a symbol of power and modesty. You should always have something black hanging in your wardrobe, and it’s also worn by the fashion makers themselves.
In this episode Isabella Rossellini guides us on our way to discover one of the iconic colors of Dolce&Gabbana, weaving together ancient stories and traditions. With contributions from the Academy Award winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, from the English journalist Suzy Menkes, and the American historian Carmela Spinelli.
Ep.3: The Tank Top
The tank top is a simple garment, an everyday one, and it is also molto italiano. This popular object has been reworked and transformed by the world of film. Guido Bonsaver, professor at the University of Oxford, and Rebecca Bauman, associate professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, tell Isabella Rossellini of the first tank tops in film from the forties and fifties. As well as the significance of this garment (as soon as the most beloved actors of the time put it on), and of its evolution towards the world of action movie heroines.
Director Giuseppe Tornatore shares with us the images that the tank top elicits in him, while journalist Suzy Menkes talks about the purely Italian style of Dolce&Gabbana.
Ep.4: The Sicilian Cart
It’s reductive to consider Sicilian carts as mere vehicles. These carts are so rich in color and decorations that, according to Marianna Gatto of the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles, they’re best described as “walking books”. For the painter from Palermo, Gianfranco Fiore (who decorates these carts), they represent the most popular, creative and imaginative soul of the Sicilian people. Isabella Rossellini speaks with Gatto and Fiore of history, traditions and memories. She also talks with the German photographer Juergen Teller. In this episode we discover how the Dolce&Gabbana brand managed to inject new life in the cart and to bring it over to the fields of fashion, design and furnishing, where it has become a symbol of high quality Italian artisanship.
Ep.5: The Coppola Cap
In fashion as in cinema, the flat cap has now become one of the symbols of Sicily. Yet, this cap isn’t even originally Italian - it’s British instead. Guido Bonsaver, professor at Oxford, and Rebecca Bauman, associate professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, discuss the history and representations of the flat cap, starting from the 16th century and reaching up to contemporary television series. The Academy Award winning director Giuseppe Tornatore takes us back to his Sicilian roots and finds there itinerant hat sellers, peasants and aristocrats. Then he explains that for him, as for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, tradition is always an inspiration, never a constraint.
Ep.6: Crosses, Rosaries And Sacred Hearts
The link between fashion and religion is much closer than one might imagine. Indeed, fashion has always drawn inspiration from sacred iconography and cult objects as underlined by Fiona Dieffenbacher, associate professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Carol Woolton, jewelry historian, speaks about the history of symbols, focusing on their meanings beyond religion on culture, spirituality and the desire for self-expression. Monsignor Alberto Rocca, director of the Veneranda Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, explains what a symbol is and why Dolce&Gabbana's use of crosses, rosaries and sacred hearts is a sign of homage and devotion.