Dolce & Gabbana is the name that defines Italian luxury fashion. Anyone who is even remotely informed about the happenings of the global fashion industry would know the impact of this brand. The duo, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, started this house five years after they met in 1980, and ever since then, they have influenced international fashion. Today, the brand name has garnered prestige for its unique approach to style and is a favorite among celebrities.
But, if you want to know how this Italy-based brand grew into a worldwide phenomenon, it becomes important to know what it is all about. In this article, I have compiled 7 things about Dolce & Gabbana which you might or might not know but they define what this brand is. So, without further ado, let us take a look.
- It all started in a nightclub
It was the year 1985 and Milan was as fashionable as ever. However, it was missing some punch. On one fateful night, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in a nightclub not knowing that their lives will change forever. Back then, Dolce was pursuing his dream to work with Armani and Gabbana was working as a graphic designer. Thanks to Giorgio Correggiari, Dolce’s employer that they met and ended up what they are. In the year 1983, both of them left the job at Correggiari and in two years launched their own clothing line.
- Designed for Big Names in the World
Until the year 1993, the brand was reasonably popular in the West. However, it was in that year when the music sensation, Madonna, roped in the designers for designing the clothes for her Girlie Show World Tour. It was this collaboration that triggered a dramatic increase in the brand’s reputation across the globe. Ever since then, the duo has designed clothes for a galaxy of celebrities from all over the world such as Angelina Jolie, Monica Bellucci, and Kylie Minogue.
- Have Had a taste of Controversy
Throughout their career, the brand has been subject to a lot of controversies. The most recent one actually resulted in calls for a boycott of its creations. In the year 2018, an Instagram post wreaked havoc as it showed Gabbana making sinophobic comments. Because of his comments, the Shanghai D&G Great Show 2018 was cancelled. Following the backlash received from his comments, the duo made a public apology on the Chinese social media platform, Weibo.
- Recognition and Awards
Dolce & Gabbana is one of the most celebrated fashion brands in the world. They have received recognition for their contribution to luxury fashion time and again. In the year 1991, the duo designers received their first fashion award that was the International Woolmark Prize. Two years later, they were awarded for producing the Best Fragrance of the Year. They are also the recipient of the Ambrogino Gold Medal in the year 2009 and awards at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York in the year 2014.
- The Personal Connection
For many years, Dolce and Gabbana have been very open about their relationship. They dated each other for many years and during that period purchased many properties. However, the relationship was over in the year 2003. Despite the personal loss, the duo kept their professional relationship intact and have continued working smoothly irrespective of their past.
- The Designers are also authors
You might not know this but the duo-designers are also well-established authors of many books. Most of these books are pictographic and are essentially collections of their creations. Together, they have written books such as Animal, A.C. Milan, Music, 2006 Italia, Family, Fashion Album, Hollywood, Milan fashion Soccer Players Portraits, David Gandy, and Milano Beach Soccer. Proceeds obtained from most of these books go straight to charity, especially to the Children’s Action network.
It is very easy to recognize Dolce & Gabbana because the style is unique to the brand. The designers imagine their creations as aspects of a movie and try to give them a dramatic touch. Without disassociating with Italian culture, the creations often make use of animal prints, Bohemian add-ons, and loud incorporations. The duo-designers claim that they try to instill in their creations inspirations from Sicilian culture to stay true to their roots.