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02.24.1311:16 AM ET

Dolce & Gabbana Debuts A Little "Vatican Red"

At their Fall/ Winter 2014 runway show in Milan on Sunday, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana borrowed heavily from Italian religious imagery.

Could Ratzinger have inspired Dolce & Gabbana's latest collection? From the looks of what came down the runway on Sunday afternoon in Milan -- the departing papa may have been the guiding light behind the collection. The show featured a sea of gold-encrusted dresses covered in imagery that appeared to be borrowed directly from the 6th-century Byzantine mosaics of the San Vitale basilica in Ravenna. But perhaps most dramatic was the finale, in which a troupe of models stormed the runway in gilded lace dresses in Vatican red. 

From left, a mosaic at the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy; a creation from Dolce & Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2013 presentation. (From left: Guido Baviera/Grand Tour, via Corbis; Getty)
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