DOMENICO DOLCE & STEFANO GABBANA
Domenico Dolce (right in the picture) was born in 1958 in Sicily, Italy, to a tailor (his father) and a merchant of fabrics and apparel (his mother). He attended the Istituto Marangoni in Milan to study fashion and dreamed of working for Armani. But before graduating, the designer dropped out of school, confident he was fit to work in the industry.
Stefano Gabbana (left in the picture) was born in 1962 in Milan, to a printing fabric employee (his father) and a laundry company employee (his mother). He studied fashion design at the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche in Rome.
In 1980, the two designers met each other through Giorgio Correggiari, Dolce's employer. In 1983, they left Correggiari to collaborate on their own. Two years later, the Dolce & Gabbana brand was born.
Their first fashion show took place in 1985, and their first collection was released in 1986. One year later, the first Dolce & Gabbana store opened in Milan.
In 1988, a partnership was established between the brand and Dolce's father, Saverio Dolce, who operated his textiles manufacturing company close to Milan.
The brand continued to expand with its lingerie, beachwear, and menswear lines. The peak of its popularity happened in 1993, when Madonna chose Dolce & Gabbana to design the costumes for her Girlie Show World Tour. After that, many celebrities chose the designers' work including, Monica Belucci, Angelina Jolie, and Kylie Minogue.
Nowadays, Dolce & Gabbana has more than a hundred stores and makes over a one billion Euro turnover per year.
Watch a Behind the Scenes Interview with Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce
Watch Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2019 Fashion Show