Dolce & Gabbana are famous for their diverse interpretations of the Italian woman. Over the years we have seen the images of the Virgin Mary, the Prima Donnas of Cinecittà, the Italian mamma dressed in black lace and voluptuous female figures walking on the catwalks and starring in their campaigns. We remember most of Dolce & Gabbana’s iconic muses, such as Sophia Loren, Monica Bellucci, Bianca Balti, Madonna, who are synonymous with the identity of the Italian fashion house.
This Italian “sweet couple” – fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, managed to do almost the impossible. In less than ten years they turned their small Milanese atelier into an international fashion empire. When Armani, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent were already profiting from their corporations, Dolce & Gabbana were sitting in a small coffee shop sharing their dreams.
Today, the Dolce & Gabbana partnership has marked a milestone in fashion history by unveiling ripped decorated jeans, a bra as an outerwear, and an overall “lingerie style” that turns women into real-life sex bombs.
The association of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana is a living illustration of the law of unity and the struggle of opposites. They even look very, very different. Domenico, a chubby Sicilian, is a reserved introvert, loves black and prefers to spend the nights at home. His father owned a small tailor shop. From the age of 6, the boy worked as his father’s assistant. Almost with his eyes closed, he was able to sew the sleeve to the jacket for which he was nicknamed “Mozart.” In his spare time as a hobby, he created miniature outfits and dresses from fabric scraps.
Handsome, Stefano, 4 years younger than Domenico, confessed that in adolescence he was already a frenzied fashionista. At the beginning of each season, he went shopping looking for what was the most modern at this time. Stefano – unlike Dolce, was born in northern Italy, he is tall, slim and communicable, he loves to travel and go clubbing.
Before forming a trading company, they first became lovers. After 20 years together, they broke up as a couple, but continue to do everything together: create new collections, travel, discuss and support each other.
Their vision of fashion is what sets them apart from other clothing manufacturers. They believe that the essence of fashion is made up of some basic forms: pants, skirts, blouses, jackets and everything revolves around these concepts. They are not trying to invent anything new, but simply offering their own practical and aesthetic version of what already exists. This does not mean that nothing fundamentally new cannot come out of the process. For example, the sweet Italian couple was the first to put men’s suits on the body of a naked woman. They turned underwear into clothing.
Sex and celebrity, sacrilege and excess, sparkle and glamor showered with drama, scandal and contradiction. Everything has worked wonders for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, and the celebration of all the wild and wonderful things has not only made them billionaires, but has also made them fashionable figures for 21st century Italy.