Dolce & Gabbana

Domenico Dolce is born on 13th September 1958 in Polici Jenerosa, Italy, and Stefano Gabbana on 14th November 1962 in Venice, according to some sources Milano, Italy. The two met in Milano in 1980 and worked for the same fashion house. In 1982 they established a designer consulting studio. In time it grew to become the famous fashion house “Dolce & Gabbana”. They presented their first women’s collection in 1985 in Milano, where a year later their store would open its doors (1986). Two years later they launched their leotard line and in 1989 started designing underwear and swimming costumes. They started to export their products in Japan and other countries like the USA where they found their own showroom in 1990. The same year they showed their men’s collections. They also launched their first perfume Dolce & Gabbana in 1992. The line D&G started in 1994 and was designed for young people hence the reason for it to be at more affordable pricing. They created sunglasses collections of their own design in 1995.

They won the Woolmark award in 1991 and the prize “most feminine flavor of the year” in 1993. They also won an Oscar for best male perfume in 1996.

Towards the end of the 1990’s their sales come at around 500 million USD annual income and in 2003 alone their revenue reached 475 million EUR. They have their own boutiques in some of the biggest cities in the world – Paris, New York Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul as well as in most European countries.

The duet Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana is most likely the most successful in the world of design and fashion. Their fashion sells not only because it is market oriented and has a particular commercial character but also because it is ultimately close to the values and expectations of young customers. Customers enjoy their D&G’s freshness and actuality.

The older of the two Domenico Dolce has been into fashion since childhood. His father was a tailor and in turn becomes the owner of a small factory in Milano. His mother is also dedicated to fashion and design. Stefano Gabbana on the other hand has an education in graphic design. When the two met in Milano they were joined by their wish to change the perspective of fashion and elegance. They are led by the motto: “The bolder the better! The sexier the more successful!”.

There is hardly anything more natural for both Dolce and Gabbana than their interest in celebrities and the associated contacts with such personas. Most famous celebrities are great fans of Dolce and Gabbana but it seems that the two work most closely with Madonna, Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue. Madonna’s corset is emblematic for the brand, covered in effective stones and crystals. The star takes great interest in underlining her chest with more loose and eccentric clothing. Overall there is more interest towards the more erotic and sexy fashion launched with the help of the increased attention towards underwear and its presentation. Whitney Houston also takes advantage of D&G’s services by ordering every one of her suites for an entire tour. In the actual design the two fashion creators always bet safely on the mixture of colors and styles as well as the individual expressionism and extravagance. Their honor to the king of rock n roll Elvis Presley seems clear when they invite his granddaughter, the 14-year old Rylie Crow for their autumn winter collection presentation 2004-2005.

The difference in the sexual orientation of the proclaimed fashion designers is known throughout. Their intimate connection has resulted in an exclusive business success. The fashion world, however, was shocked to learn that the two designers announced their break-up in 2005 and that they will remain solely business partners in fashion. They managed to overcome the emotional rift and continue to work together. They are unstoppable in contributing to the fresh impulse in world fashion, not only through the clothes and accessories but also the memorable perfumes. Here is their presentation throughout the years:

Dolce & Gabbana (1992)
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (2001)
Sicily (2003)
The One (2006)
Light Blue Pour Homme (2007)
The One For Men (2008)
L’Eau The One (2008)
Rose The One (2009)
Le Bateleur 1, L’Imperatrice 3, L’Amoureaux 6, La Roue de la Fortune 10 and La Lune 18 (2009).

Dolce and Gabbana have millions of fans not just customers. They continue to confidently impress with quality, style and comfort.

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