Dolce and Gabbana are one of the most successful designers worldwide and are considered Hollywood’s number one choice of designer. They have some of the most famous clientele which includes Isabella Rossellini, Madonna, the Beckhams and Sophia Loren. They created the costumes for Madonna’s Girlie Show in 1993 and also for Whitney Houston’s tour in 1999.
Domenico Dolce was born in a small village in Sicily on 13th September 1958. Dolce studied fashion design in Siciliy and gained experience in his parents business.
Stefano Gabbana was born in in Venice on 14th November 1962. He studied graphic design and gained his work experience as an assistant in an atelier in Milan – this is where he met Domenico Dolce in 1980.
The duo started up their first fashion consulting studio in the early 1980’s and by the mid 1980’s they had shown their first women’s collection in Milan winning national acclaim. The collection was mainly homemade and comprised of skillful designs and complicated systems of fastenings. Inspirational figures for the collection included Italian actresses Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani. Signature designs of Dolce and Gabbana include gangster style pinstriped suits, sexy black suits and corset dresses.
In the late 1980’s they opened their first boutique in Japan a their first menswear collection was presented a couple of years later. Many of their designs for womenswear are adapted from the feminist era. At one time they were quoted as saying “they are mostly concerned with creating the best, most flattering clothes than sparkling trends.
Dolce and Gabbana received many long awaited awards during the 1990’s. Their company reported a turnover of over £400 million pounds in the late 1990’s.