From Dolce&Gabbana designs to Arabian horses, style reigns supreme at Saudi Arabia’s AlUla this season

The AlUla Moments festival celebrates Winter at Tantora with the unique Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show that showcases craftsmanship and beauty in many forms.

AlUla, the Saudi Arabian city of heritage and culture, situated in the northwest of the kingdom, will host Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria and Alta Gioielleria in a unique and elegant fashion show on January 27, 2022, as part of AlUla Moments festivals season.

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The venue of the D&G exhibition called Maraya, is a stunning piece of art set in the desert canyon of the Ashar Valley. Designed to blend into the surrounding landscape, it rises from the sand like a mirage. The state-of-the-art structure is covered in 9,740 mirrored panels reflecting AlUla’s beauty, making it the largest mirrored building in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. Image: Courtesy AlUla.

In addition to the show, Dolce& Gabbana will exhibit the one-of-a-kind collection in Maraya, the world’s largest mirrored building, which will be open for visitors to experience from January 28 to 31, 2022. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the exclusive space, meet the Dolce&Gabbana première and master tailor and get their choices from the unique and customised collection.

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For a limited time from tomorrow, you can meet the master tailors of Dolce & Gabbana at AlUla. Image: Courtesy AlUla.

The event represents a new stage in the creative path that Dolce&Gabbana started in 2012 with the first Alta Moda Collection, which has been presented through the years in some of the most fascinating Italian and worldwide locations. This has been a journey to discover craftsmanship and pay homage to some of the most beautiful, poetic, and passionate creations shaped by human hands.

The fashion show will take place during the Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show, an event during Winter at Tantora, the first festival in the Kingdom celebrating heritage, culture, and music. Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show is a special exhibition celebrating the extraordinary spirit and tradition of Arabian horses, famous all over the world for their unparalleled beauty and elegance.

Jabal Ikmah, considered one of the main historical and archaeological sites, will witness a special evening dedicated to handmade fashion design creativity with an all-Mediterranean flavour. Jabal Ikmah, a mountain near the ancient city of Dadan — the capital of the ancient Dadanite and Lihyanite Kingdoms — has been described as a huge open-air library with historical inscriptions and rock art.

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Rock inscriptions at Jabal Ikmah, where the show will be held tonight (January 27, 2022). Image: Courtesy AlUla.
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The inspiring inscriptions from the ancient kingdom of Dadan. Image: Courtesy AlUla.

The Ikmah Fashion Cavalry Show, conceived and produced by Balich Wonder Studio, will showcase a full parade of 12 Arabian horses with customised horse accessories and attire, highlighting the harmony between horses and models.

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Arabian horses are some of the best in the world. Image: Shutterstock/Ali A Suliman.

Winter at Tantora has been on since December 21, 2021, and will continue until February 12, 2022, offering both international and local visitors an exciting six weeks of music, cultural and equestrian events. Winter at Tantora is the first festival of AlUla Moments, which includes three other distinctive festivals — AlUla Arts, AlUla Skies, and the AlUla Wellness festival.

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