The Label: Their first collection launched to international acclaim in 1986, and it wasn't long before knitwear, beachwear, lingerie, and accessories were added. They have two lines of clothing Dolce & Gabbana and D&G (a younger, more informal line). Earning remarkable financial success (despite the prevalence of fraudulent D&G merchandise), the duo even crossed over into the music world, recording a techno single in 1996 with the words "D&G is love."

The Look: Dolce & Gabbana’s aesthetic is anything but coy: They will gleefully squeeze as much excess as is humanly possible into each showstopping piece—whether a jacket, dress, or suit. “Dolce & Gabbana aren’t subtle,” says Andrew Bolton, associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “They design blatant statements. Yet they also have a huge sense of irony and whimsy. The spirit of their work is Jean Paul Gaultier.” Dolce & Gabbana’s way with a corset has become emblematic of their love of va-va-voom dressing—and their awesome tailoring talents. British fashion writer Lisa Armstrong once commented, “Many of the fluttery-as-a-breeze little chiffon nothings come with awesome internal structural engineering. If you wanted, you could see it all as an apt reading of current femininity.” Even their business suits achieve an erotic frisson, courtesy of Domenico’s tailoring skills.— excepted from Mark Holgate's "A Sicilian Thing"

The characteristically Italian aesthetic of Dolce & Gabbana—every collection would look at home on the set of a Fellini movie—has made it ubiquitous in the world of celebrity with Isabella Rossellini and Nicole Kidman being lead purveyors of its style. Richly colored animal prints, underwear-as-outerwear, pinstripe suits, and plenty of black are all configured in a provocative way, making D&G an obvious choice to create the costumes for Madonna's 1993 Girlie Show.

The Designers: Known primarily for their devastatingly sexy fetishistic designs, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana first met in Milan in 1980 when 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, while Gabbana, a trained graphic designer, grew up in Milan. They had an immediate creative connection, and went into business together two years later.



New! Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2006 Milan (Men's)



New! D & G Spring 2006 Milan (Men's)


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  Fall 2005   Fall 2005  
  Fall 2004   Spring 2005  
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  D&G: Men   D&G: Women  
  Spring 2004   Fall 2005  
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  Dolce & Gabbana   Saks Fifth Avenue  
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