When you hear Dolce and Gabbana, you immediately think of something typically Italian, but also a modern woman in a Dolce & Gabbana dress, a lady, like Monica Bellucci, who is their muse. Designers who daily inspire themselves from their place of origin, Italy, of the most beautiful and most specific parts of Italy. Their love for their country is transfered into their designs, and because it is all done with love, their collections are impeccable. They are designers who get inspiration from the sensual female form, and people from the Italian cinema, and cinema in general.
- In 1980, Domenico and Stefano met in Milan, through Dolce’s employer, designer Giorgio Correggiari.
- Domenico Dolce was born in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, in 1958, and Stefano Gabbana was born in Milan, in 1962. Stefano graduated from the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche, a design institute in Rome, Domenico moved to Milan to attend the fashion design school Istituto Marangoni, but he dropped out before graduating, confident he knew enough to work in the industry.
- Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana founded Dolce & Gabbana in 1985, and the same year was presented their first womenswear collection. In 1990, was launched their menswear collection. First Dolce & Gabbana boutique was opened in Tokyo, in 1989.
- Dolce & Gabbana created the costumes for Madonna’s Girlie Show tour in 1993.
- In March 2015, Dolce‘s comments about in vitro fertilization (IVF) sparked a social media storm of criticism. In an interview with Panorama magazine, Dolce said, “I am gay. I cannot have a child. I believe you cannot have everything in life…. You are born from a father and a mother. Or at least that is how it should be. For this reason I am not convinced by what I call children of chemistry, or synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, sperm chosen from a catalogue.” British singer-songwriter Elton John, who has children by IVF with his husband David Furnish, called for a boycott of the D&G brand. This sparked a war of words, with Gabbana later calling John a “fascist” and calling for a counter-boycot.
- In 1995 the book 10 Years of Dolce and Gabbana was published.
- They only announced their relationship publicly in 2000. They bought the Villa Volpe, a 19th-century palazzo in the center of Milan and moved in together.
- They ended their long-time relationship in 2005, but the pair still works together at D&G.
- In 2013, both Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to a 20-month suspended sentence in prison. An Italian court found the pair guilty of failing to declare millions of euros of revenue earned through a D&G subsidiary company, Gado, based in Luxembourg. They denied the charges and appealed the case; in October 2014 they were both cleared of wrongdoing by the appellate cour.
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