Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Dolce&Gabbana (pronounced "Dol-che Gabb-an-a") is a high-end fashion house started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce, born near Palermo, Sicily, and Stefano Gabbana, born in Milan, Italy.
After their first collection launched to international acclaim in 1986, the brand soon expanded to knitwear, beachwear, lingerie and accessories; today, they have two main clothing lines—the couture Dolce & Gabbana and the younger, more informal D&G. Earning remarkable financial success (despite the prevalence of fraudulent D&G merchandise), the designers’ way with a corset has become emblematic of their love of va-va-voom dressing—and their awesome tailoring talents.
Devastatingly sexy, fetishistic designs and a characteristically Italian aesthetic; every collection would look at home on the set of a Fellini movie. Richly colored animal prints, underwear-as-outerwear, pinstripe suits, and plenty of black are all configured in a provocative way, which helped make D&G the obvious choice to create the costumes for Madon na's 1993 "Girlie Show."
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana first met in Milan in 1980, while working as assistants in an atelier. Dolce, who studied fashion design and worked for his family's small clothing factory, grew up in a small Sicilian village; Gabbana, a trained graphic designer, grew up in Milan. They had an immediate creative connection and went into business together two years later. Now overseeing what has become a tru fashion empire, the duo has even crossed over into the music world, recording a techno single in 1996 that feature the refrain "D&G is love."
Since their first womenswear collection in 1985, Dolce & Gabbana have evolved into perhaps the definitive purveyors of sexy clothes for women who want to revel in their voluptuous femininity. They have taken items like satin corset bodies, black hold-up stockings, fishnets, and maribou-trimmed baby dolls out of their previous demimonde existence and put them together in such a way that they have become classy outfits for the new glamorous image of the 1990s, an escape from the pervasive unisex sporty styles