Dolce & Gabbana is a high-end fashion house and one of the most famous brands worldwide, started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Dolce & Gabbana is based near Milan (Legnano) and it became extremely popular in the Hollywood industry: Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Ayumi Hamasaki, Isabella Rossellini, Kylie Minogue to name a few.
The duo design Milan, Italy) are known for making “stars look like stars”.
Dolce was born in Polizzi Generosa (near Palermo, Sicily) on August 13, 1958. He grew up in fashion, because his father was a tailor. He has always credited this fact when he first decided to get into the business of fashion, because he truly felt to express his point of view through his designs. He studied fashion when he was young and worked in his family’s small clothing factory as he was growing up. He shortly decided to pursue a career in fashion design. Due to this fact, Dolce moved to Milan and got a job at one of its famous design studios.
“Design was the way I was able to do the things I was dreaming about. As a designer, I see dreams as my job. It’s like being a psychologist. I have to capture what people are feeling and translate that into fashion and even provide what people want before they consciously know they want it.”
Gabbana was born in Milan on November 14, 1962. Unlike his future partner, had never thought about fashion as a child at all. He grew up away from it and it was not until he was about 15 years old that he became interested in fashion in general for himself, particularly such designers as Fiorucci. Gabbana studied graphic design at the university because he wanted to go into advertising. He worked in this domain for a short time after graduation. He shortly turned his way around to fashion.
“I was lucky because a designer took me under his wing and helped me understand the world of fashion. But it was ultimately Domenico who taught me the most about fashion. As time went on while I was learning about it, I fell in love with it.”
The duo first met in 1980 when they were both assistants at an atelier in Milan. They shortly decided to start a partnership. So, in 1982, although they still did freelance designing for other companies, they worked at their own company. Partners both in life and in business, they share the love for baroque.
“We have different tastes, which means that together we tap a combination of desires. Sometimes we might create something that is more Gabbana; sometimes it might be more Dolce. But what we create always has to arrive at some kind of agreement.”
They made their name together, when the organisers of the Milano Collezioni invited them to take part in a fashion show to launch “New Talents”.
They produced their first ready-to-wear collection, called “Real Women” and presented it that same year. Since then, they have introduced menswear, a line of signature fragrances, opened multiple shops worldwide.
They first launched a lingerie line.
They launched Dolce & Gabbana menswear collection and opened their first boutique in Milan.
They released the Dolce & Gabbana perfume.
They created the costumes for Madonna’s Girlie Show.
They launched D&G womenswear collection, home collection, and Dolce & Gabbana for men cologne.
They published a book with their story: 10 Years of Dolce and Gabbana, which commemorated the first decade of the designers’ fashions in photos. The Italian actress, who made the introduction, Isabella Rossellini, has been wearing their clothes almost since… forever.
Once dubbed the “Gilbert and George of Italian fashion”, Dolce and Gabbana recorded their own single, in which they intoned the words “D&G is love” over a techno beat.
In addition to all the amazing collections and products, Dolce&Gabbana launched a jeans collection, menswear design, underwear design, shoes, swimwear, fragrances for men and women.
Their company reported a turnover of £400 million.
This was the year to launch their collection for children, which was presented at the children’s fashion show Pitti Bimbo in Florence.
Their current diffusion line, D&G, was joined by a unisex diffusion collection called simply “&”.
They released Sicily for women fragrance.
They opened first stand-alone store, in London, UK and also started designing the uniforms for AC Milan.
Their turnover was £597 million.
“When we design it’s like a movie. We think of a story and we design the clothes to go with it. We are more concerned about creating the best, most flattering clothes than sparking trends, once admitting that they wouldn’t mind if their only contribution to fashion history was a black bra”, says Domenico Dolce.
This was the year that the private life of Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce became public. They officially announced their separation. The business has remained unchanged and both continue to design together.
“On a professional level we are still together. We have a very strong love”, explained Domenico.
They have partnered with Kylie Minogue to design for her Aphrodite – Les Folies Tour.
Their clothing are very famous among celebrities: Madona, Brian Ferry, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce Knowles, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Mediterranean style is inspired and unique. The collection changes every season, ranging from the baroque to the plastic, from aristocratic to working class, from animal prints to a cardinal’s cloak.
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