Designer of the Week 4: Dolce and Gabbana

  • Stephano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in Milan in 1980 when there were working for the same fashion house. They both quit their jobs in 1982 to start their womenswear brand in 1985.
  • Despite both their Italian heritage, they opened their first store in Tokyo in 1989 rather than in Italy. 
  • Dolce and Gabbana’s style is hugely recognisable and does not do minimalism, they are loud and proud in style and colour. They are inspired by Italian cinema, especially the 1960’s film ‘La Dolce Vita’.
  • There are many celebrities amongst the vast fanbase of D&G, including Madonna, Monica Bellucci, Isabella Rossellini and Angelina Jolie. Dolce And Gabbana were even commissioned to create all the costumes for Madonna’s Girlie Show Tour in 1993.
  • In 1995, they published their book, ’10 years of Dolce and Gabbana’ and ten years after that the first stand-alone D&G shop opened in London on Bond Street in 2004. 
  • In their AW18 show they used drones to carry handbags down the catwalk, quoting D&G, ‘being human is so last season!’

  • Their most recent SS21 catwalk once again did not shy away from bold print and colour! In light of the coronavirus pandemic, they focused on resourcefulness, by only using patches of fabric from previous shows to create one-off patchwork items.