Italian Renaissance Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia Day is a beloved tradition in Sweden. The original Lucia was a 3rd century Italian girl who wore a crown of candles and brought food to those who were persecuted. Another legend says that in Varmland, Sweden, where my family lives, Lucia brought food to the starving villagers at Lake Vanern. St. Lucia Day is December 13, which was previously Winter Solstice on the old Julian calendar. On this day, the eldest daughter dresses up and brings Lucia buns to her household, with younger siblings also in procession.
My Saint Lucia gown is based on Florentine Renaissance images, celebrating Lucia’s original Italian origin.
Model: Daisy Viktoria
Photographer: Chris Taylor