Domenico Dolce is one of the founders of the Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana. For more than 30 years, the designer, together with her partner Stefano Gabbana, has glorified the beauty of her compatriots, embodied in fashionable clothes. What is the secret of the strength of creative union and what is the contribution of Dolce to the development of Dolce & Gabbana?
The designer was born in 1958. He is Italian. Domenico spent his early life in a village near the city of Palermo in Sicily.
Dolce was a family with strong patriarchal foundations. Domenico along with his brother and sister were brought up in respect for tradition, religion and work.
The designer's father ran a small garment industry and introduced his son to the family craft. Domenico showed talent for tailoring at the age of 6.
For his professional education, Dolce chose the Fashion Design School at the Maranoni Institute in Milan.
Domenico entered the university, but, having studied for several semesters, dropped out of school. He decided that he had enough knowledge to work in the fashion industry. Dolce began his professional career from the position of a freelance designer and an assistant in a sewing studio. Domenico dreamed of a career in the fashion house of Giorgio Armani.
In 1980, working as an assistant in the Corregiari workshop in Milan, Dolce met his future comrade.
Stefano Gabbana five years younger than Domenico. Mila is his hometown. Unlike Dolce, Stefano belonged to the class of golden youth. The bohemian family of Gabbana encouraged the artistic talent of the son and his love for fashionable expensive clothes. The young man graduated from college in the specialty of creative director and gained experience in the studio Corregiari.
Future partners were opposites in the nature and circumstances of the biography. Spending a lot of time at the same desk, they were able to find points of contact. Both appreciated quality clothing and were inspired by the classics of Italian cinema - films with Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani.
Common interests rallied novice designers. Forced collaboration resulted in personal sympathy and professional collaboration.
After one and a half years of work, the position of assistant Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana quit in order to create their own company.
The workshop of the Italian duo was founded in 1983. The debut collection of clothes due to financial difficulties was demonstrated 2 years later.
The show, in which fashion designers first glorified the beauty of an Italian woman, was triumphant and marked the beginning of the successful development of the Dolce & Gabbana brand.
In 1987, a design duo interested foreign investors. Dolce and Gabbana opened several brand boutiques at home and abroad. Three years later, the men's collection, underwear and knitwear was added to the Dolce & Gabbana women's collection.
In 1992, founded the perfume line. The first fragrance, the namesake of the brand, combined the classic components of women's perfumes - flowers and musk - with Italian herbs. Dolce & Gabbana Parfum is the founder of the best-selling collection, including Light Blue, The One and others.
In 1994, designers presented a denim line. Artistically ripped jeans are the Dolce & Gabbana sales hit. Buyers like them and enjoy success with the creators of fake brand clothes.
In the mid-1990s, Italians denied the key tendencies of the decade - the negligence of grunge and the “expensive poverty” of minimalism. Dolce & Gabbana defended the image of a luxurious Sicilian woman and erected its elements to the rank of iconic fashionable symbols.
They turned the lace underwear in the detail of outerwear, and leopard print - in the subject of a classic everyday wardrobe. According to the Italians, eroticism does not mean naked bodies. A girl in a men's suit may look more sensual than in a low-cut dress. The finds of the design duo, demonstrated in the 1990s, became classics of the Dolce & Gabbana style.
In the early 2000s, the company expanded through lines of children's clothing and sports goods. Since 2004, the brand is responsible for the official and training suits of the Milan club footballers.
Since 2012, a duet of designers creates a line called Alta Moda - an analogue of the French Haute Couture. The production is dominated by handwork. The decor of the models is done in traditional techniques of Sicilian crafts.
Designed by Dolce and Gabbana is popular with celebrities. They choose Dolce & Gabbana dresses and costumes for red tracks and performances. Madonna was the first star client. Today, the list of famous fans of the brand includes Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren, Justin Bieber, Sting, Ian Rudkovskaya and many others.
Domenico and Stefano see beauty in diversity. They often invite customers to participate in a demonstration of collections on the podium. Real people appear in the advertising campaign "Dolce and Gabbana." Pictures with stories on simple family pleasures became the trademark of Dolce & Gabbana.
Today, the Italian brand is a large-scale fashionable empire offering clothing, cosmetics and accessories for the whole family. The staff exceeds 3500 people. More than 110 brand boutiques are open worldwide, and the annual turnover is estimated at about 1 billion euros.
Designers admit that over the years the existence of Dolce & Gabbana, they are accustomed to act together and become a single entity. Domenico and Stefano do not consider the question of a possible individual career.
Italians work on collections together. Being opposites in temperament and creative inclinations, designers share their spheres of authority.
Domenico Dolce - a real craftsman, calm and stubborn introvert. An acknowledged master of cutting, Dolce & Gabbana is responsible for technical aspects - silhouettes and design of clothes, materials with which the design idea can be realized. On vacation, Domenico prefers solitude. He specializes in cooking Sicilian dishes according to family recipes.
Stefano Gabbana is a typical extrovert, talkative and emotional. A freelance artist by nature, he is responsible for the creative mood, public image of Dolce & Gabbana and interaction with the audience. At leisure, Stefano attracts club life.
Designers emphasize that the balance of forces in their duet is equal. The key idea of the collection is approved by joint efforts. Final decisions are also subject to mutual agreement.
Domenico Dolce today is an open homosexual. He realized that he was gay by the age of 16, but for a long time he was hiding unconventional orientation. In the patriarchal Sicilian outback, Dolcea would not find sympathy.
In the early 1980s, the founders of Dolce & Gabbana became partners in their personal lives. Gabbana for 30 years was Domenico Dolce's boyfriend. Official confirmation of their love affair designers gave in the early 2000s.
The couple broke up in 2005. The gap did not prevent Dolce and Gabbana from maintaining warm relations and fruitful business. Stefano says that the partner still occupies a special place among his close people.
In 2017, rumors about a new chosen one of Domenico Dolce arose. Photos found on social networks, allowed to establish the identity of his companion. This is the Brazilian publisher Guillermo Siqueira. The designer himself and his friend do not deny the rumors, but the news has not yet received official confirmation.
Dolce communicates with the press along with her partner. Their answers to journalists' questions form the image of the brand and characterize the individuality of each of the designers. Dolce's iconic sayings are shown below.
About Dolce & Gabbana philosophy:
We have built our fashion around three fundamental ideas: Sicily, sewing and tradition. Our dream is to create a style outside of time and things are so individual that no doubt arises when looking at them: it is “Dolce and Gabbana”.
About your clothes:
If you open my wardrobe, you will be bored.
I get rid of all the things that I don’t wear, and give them to charity.
About the workflow:
Every our collection is like a movie. We are writing a script in which a Sicilian woman traveling the world plays a major role.
About family and vocation:
My mother is an expert on trends, and my father inherited sewing traditions, so fashion has always been present in life.
I drink a lot. About 10-12 cups of coffee a day, Italian or espresso …
My morning routine is pretty banal. I have breakfast at home reading the newspaper, take a shower, get dressed, put on cologne - and now I'm ready to go out!
The Dolce & Gabbana brand is a constant in the world of modern fashion. Designer duet glorifies the eternal values of the Mediterranean culture and beauty of the Italians. Thanks to Domenico Dolce, the brand acquired the national traditions of sewing craftsmanship and gained inspiration in the face of a beautiful Sicilian woman.