“We don't think only men can be powerful and strong. Behind the heads of the Mafia, the leaders of culture, there are always very strong women. European culture is a matriarchy, especially in the south. The women have a lot of power.”-Stefano Gabbana
Glamorous, daring, and unmistakable; Dolce & Gabbana has been a staple in luxury fashion since their first collection in 1985. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana met at a nightclub in Milan and made an instant connection. After discovering their mutual love of design, Dolce proposed Gabbana apply at the design house, Giorgio Correggiari, where he was currently freelancing. After working their together for a few more years they mutually quit and decided to start freelancing on their own as a couple.
At their first shows in Milan their collaborative style shone through early on. They based their first show on real women of Sicily, using amateur models and reconstructed T-shirts. This shaky start didn’t deter them and their following shows brought on some of their most iconic pieces. “The Sicilian Dress”, a luxurious take on the slip dress, was sought after by fashion lovers of the early 1990’s. The structured bodice of the dress nips in the waist and the straight neckline with straps highlights the bust. This dress became the touchstone of their style. The brand’s emphasis on glamor and powerful sexuality made it a favorite of Madonna’s. The pop star featured an entire cast of costumes designed by Dolce & Gabbana at her 1993 tour for her album Erotica. The brand has numerous other celebrity collaborations from Christy Turlington, to Whitney Houston, to Beyonce.