August 08, 2005
D&G-MUCH MORE THAN (D)RAMATIC&(G)AYDolce & Gabbana-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.
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. Though not made for everybody nor every body,D&G continues to be the "it boys" year after year.
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