Dolce & Gabbana's Fashion Evolution
Although the muse might vary from season to season – a tweedy sideways glance at the British royal family one year or a luxurious take on silky pyjamas the next – the Italian duo never forget their maxim: molto sexy. Catholicism, classic Italian cinema and a strong urge to party in the most decadent manner possible inform Dolce & Gabbana’s design ethos.
Domenico Dolce, son of a Sicilian tailor and fashion graduate, and Stefano Gabbana, originally trained as a graphic designer, met in 1980 while both working for the designer Giorgio Correggiari in Milan. The inventive pair showed the label’s first collection in 1986 and have been expanding on their formula of sexy, showy outfits backed up by clever tailoring and flattering fits ever since.
Fully embodying the high octane, luxury lifestyle that the collections portray, the designers are often to be found on the party pages of the glossy magazines, immaculately styled and clinking glasses with the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Naomi Campbell, all friends and collaborators of the fashion house.
Their runway shows are highly-produced affairs and always a highlight of the Milan schedule. Their well-honed formula of exciting designs and impeccable marketing, their pioneering of the ‘celebrity front row’ approach and captivating ad campaigns have resulted in the brand now including knits, swimwear, lingerie, fragrance, cosmetics, accessories, menswear and a junior line.