Miami – This wasn’t Curiosity’s first project for Dolce & Gabbana, but the brief remained the same as the others: ‘surprise me’. For the Italian fashion icon’s Miami store, the Japanese studio decided to combine the sun of Miami and the stateliness of Milan’s La Scala theatre – one of D&G’s favourite buildings – to go ‘behind the curtain’.
The curtain, in this instance, is a two-storey glass facade that uses wavy indentations and the California sun to make it look as if the material is rippling. In doing so, it sets the tone for a theatrical event that invites passers-by inside to witness for themselves. Once on the other side of the curtain, visitors are transported into a spectacular interior where the line between backstage and centre stage is blurred. Are the classic Italian sculptures performers or props? Or is the collection the real star of the show?