Jan 21, 2010
With Ryhs Ifans, Margareth Made, and Domenico Dolce.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded Dolce & Gabbana in 1982, showing their first women’s collection in Milan three years later to widespread praise. The pair opened their first boutique in Tokyo in 1989, and Madonna famously wore one of the pair’s shirts in 1991 to the Cannes Film Festival. They presented their first men’s collection that same year and have since expanded into fragrances, underwear, handbags, shoes, swimwear, eyewear, and jeans. The label is known for signatures like corset dresses, leopard print, and sexy, sleek three-piece pantsuits.
“It does not seem likely that many people could have envisioned a way to turn distressed jeans or sluttish corsets or pointy-toed shoes or slick suits or football jerseys into an irresistible global export. Yet Mr. Dolce and Mr. Gabbana did.”—Guy Trebay The New York Times
“Dolce & Gabbana is as synonymous with Sicily as old ladies in veils and young Romeos on scooters. Since founding the label in 1985, the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have mined the island for inspiration with the zeal of latter-day Viscontis.”—Horacio Silva The New York Times
“To a certain extent, [Dolce & Gabbana's] image—the Sicilian crazy quilt of leopard prints and initials sculpted in rhinestones—is a façade, a wild and glorious (not to mention sometimes tacky) cover-up. And that may be their secret: clothes you can wear to the office in a glitzy capelet of Hollywood glamour.”—Tracie Rozhon The New York Times
“We all know, though, that nothing and nobody can put a lid on such things as seduction, attraction, and appeal. They find a way out of any black dress, out of any buttoned-up blouse, out of any severe social morals, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana communicated these escapes to freedom with their clothes.”—Isabella Rossellini 10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana (Abbeville Press, 1996)