Dolce and Gabbana celebrates the voluptuous woman and the metro-sexual man. The Dolce and Gabbana woman glories in her curves and her inherent sexuality: Madonna is the brand’s most famous mouse. Being one of the world-famous singer’s favorite designers helped Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana immensely on their climb up the ladder of success. Together they have designed a great many costumes for her to wear in her world tours. And their work just keeps getting better.
Dolce and Gabbana: Fashions of Fantasy
Let’s have a look now at the life of Dolce and Gabbana designers. Domenico Dolce was born on August 13, 1958 in Polizzi, Generosa (near Palermo, Sicily). He got an early start in the fashion design business working for his father’s small company. Stefano Gabbana, of Venetian origins, was born on November 14, 1962, in Milan. He began his academic career studying graphic design but soon turned his attention to his real love, that of fashion.
How Dolce and Gabbana started
Both men spent two years working as assistant designers but eventually decided that they wanted to start their own design studio. They made it happen in 1982. They both had an interesting and eclectic mix of ideas to bring to the clothes they designed and it was believed (and still is) that Dolce’s ties to Sicily inspired many of their fashions.
This dynamic team got their first break in 1985 when they were among three names chosen to present their collections in the new talents category at the shows held in Milan. Their work was met with much praise and admiration. Before long, Italian fashion, a new generation referred to as “Made in Italy”, became world-renowned. Dolce and Gabbana were convinced they had a unique approach to fashion and their first success gave them the confidence to move forward with their designs and expand as they saw fit.
The unique vision of the duo is evident in all of the clothes they make, clothes that have “real” women in mind. This team does not make clothes that just look good on models on a runway; instead, they want women from all different types of backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles to enjoy wearing their fashions.
The designs of Dolce & Gabbana draw inspiration primarily from Mediterranean colors and culture. The clothes are not rigid or unyielding, but instead cheerful and sensual, bringing into fashion mainstream silhouettes and fashions like satin corset bodies, black hold-up stockings, and fishnets, which were so far only part of cabarets and exotic clubs. The post-feministic women who are confident in their own abilities and not afraid to appear sexy have lapped up the Dolce and Gabbana creations in lace, silk, and wool. Both men put everything into the work they undertake, imbuing it with a sort of passion and dedication that has helped them create a multi-million dollar fashion empire. They make their own paper models, prototypes, and accessories; they follow their sales and shows very closely, as well as their public relations and advertising campaigns. Theirs is a “hands-on” business in the truest sense of the word.
Over time as the business grew in size, the designers found it necessary to move their operations to a larger showroom, which they did in 1987.
D&G success story
Another major success came for Dolce & Gabbana in 1988 when they signed an agreement with the Onward Kashiyama Group and began distributing their designs in Japan. This allowed them to break into a relatively untapped fashion market, up to that point. Their first knitwear designs were launched the previous year and in 1989 they came out with their very first lingerie and beachwear outfits, closely followed by a menswear collection in 1990. To say they were on a roll was an understatement. Further agreements were signed to design the Complice line for the Genny group. But it didn’t stop there- following on the heels of their agreements were the boutiques they established, first in Milan, then in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, and Seoul.
Dolce & Gabbana launched a perfume in 1992, which won the Perfume Academy International Prize for the best female fragrance the following year. In 2008, the perfume Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue Pour Homme became the “Best Men’s Fragrance” judged by the Academia del Profumo and the U.S. Fifi award. The two latest fashion lines to come from these multi-talented designers include Dolce & Gabbana Basic which covers a wide array of their classic designs and the abbreviated D & G which is geared towards the younger set, in relation to both style and price.
Dolce and Gabbana becomes the first luxury fashion house to extend the sizing to US 18
In 2019, D&G was becoming the first luxury fashion house to extend the clothes size range up to the US 18, making it become one of the most inclusive designer brands for women which highlighted the commitment they have to women’s diversity.
During an interview for the “The independent”, one spokesperson said “Dolce and Gabbana have been supportive of curvy models for years” and that the size extension indicates one of the key mission statements of the brands, which is “women’s beauty is not a matter of clothing size. They also pointed the fact that Dolce and Gabbana extending the sizes of the women’s collection is a natural evolution for them.
New collection for spring 2021 – inspired by Italian creativity and design
Dolce and Gabbana collection in 2021 has everything you need in matters of clothing, footwear, handbags, sunglasses, watches, jewelry, perfumes, and cosmetics. In spring 2021, Dolce and Gabbana didn’t stop impressing everyone with all the new arrivals, especially in the pandemic frame.
Here are some ideas of what you can get from Dolce and Gabbana online, from everywhere you are:
The Dolce and Gabbana clothing collection – A unique and colorful style that put the brand into the fashion industry’s most important labels
The D&G clothing design can be categorized as an aesthetic of feminine sensuality in perfect sync with Mediterranean features. If we take a look at all the Dolce and Gabbana clothing collections, we will see the familiar flair: from lace corsets, midi dresses, cat-eyes, floral prints to red lipstick and pearls. Their style reflects the sensuality and the self-confident feminism which pays tribute to the Sicilian women, along with the tradition of their culture.
Dolce and Gabbana perfumes – The one
The Dolce & Gabbana perfume named the one is exactly as unique as the name describes it. Its warm and sweet touch, the floral scent, and the modern sensuality it brings created the fragrance of a strong personality to everyone who wears it.
This perfume’s concept begins with a bright interpretation of modern refreshing tones of bergamot, tangerine, juicy lychee, and peach and it is described as being the one perfume for any woman who wants a change, while the finish of the fragrance emanates rich essences of vanilla, musk, and amber, which takes out the sensual feminity of the one who uses it. The bottle is an expression of luxury which pays tribute to the tradition of perfumery.
Moreover, the whole Dolce and Gabbana perfume line is the perfect accessory to express your mood every day as the fragrance is named to be the gateway to people’s souls. For example, the Dolce and Gabbana light blue perfume for men is characterized as being the quintessence of the happiness of life and seduction thanks to the wooden aquatic scent which is ideal in the warm season.
The Dolce and Gabbana Accessories – A celebration of Sicilian feminine style in Luxury Fashion
The D&G accessories add a touch of Italian romance to all the outfits in your wardrobe, as the floral prints are perfect for warm weather style and the thick knits are the best to have during the colder months. The chic and carefree Dolce and Gabbana designs offer glamorous touches that made the brand stand out from ordinary fashion labels.
Dolce & Gabbana has come a long way in the last 25 years of its existence. Its contribution to fashion in terms of original styling, fantasy, and irony in equal measure will keep the cash registers ringing for a long time to come.
By Anika Logan
Updated and edited by Roxana Borbilau