Church bells rang as a solemn procession of women dressed in black and veiled, carrying candles, opened the Dolce Gabbana Spring-Summer 2019 show. The curtain rose to reveal a cast including models Eva Herzigova and Helena Christensen and actresses Monica Bellucci and Isabella Rossellini.
Herzigova wore a black ruffled dress with a train resembling those worn by flamenco dancers. Bellucci strutted in a black and white off-the-shoulder polka-dot dress with metallic sandals. Rossellini walked down the pink runway with her family.
Italian opera and traditional music, sung by late tenor Luciano Pavarotti, was the soundtrack to the show.
For the first time in years plus-sized models walked a major show in the Italian fashion capital, with Ashley Graham dressed in a figure-hugging animal print dress leading them. English supermodel Karen Elson closed the show wearing a wide dress that seemed to be made of flower-patterned and metallic papier mache.