Dolce and Gabbanna are Italian fashion designers who combine modern styles with romantic and historic references (especially the chic and glamorous version of Sicilian women). Stefano Gabbana was born on 14 November 1962, in Venice, Italy. Domencio Dolce was born on 13 September 1958, in a small village in Sicily. Dolce studied fashion design in Sicily and gained experience in his parents businesses. Gabbana, however, studied graphic design and gained experience in fashion as an assistant in an atelier in Milan, where the pair first met in 1980.
By 1982, they had started their first fashion consulting studio and, in 1985 they showed their first women’s collection in Milan, winning national acclaim. They describe their clothing as a combination of modern styles with romantic and historic references.
(print ad from D & G campaign – 2015)
Earlier this year Elton John criticized and boycotted Dolce & Gabbanna for their comments about In-vitro fertilization (IVF) and same-sex parenting.