Dolce & Gabbana

Amanda Broering

Who are they?

Dolce & Gabbana is an Italian luxury industry fashion house founded in 1985 in Legnano by Italian designers Domenico Dolce (58) and Stefano Gabbana (52). The two met in Milan in 1980 and worked for the same fashion house. In 1982 they established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become "Dolce & Gabbana". They presented their first women's collection in 1985 in Milan, where a year later their store would open its doors.

"Sensual and full of the Mediterranean romance of the designers' native Sicily"

What fashion capital do they design for?

Milan, Italy

In 1988, they launched their leotard line, and in 1989 they began designing underwear and swimming costumes. Dolce & Gabbana started to export their products to Japan and other countries like the U.S., where they founded their own showroom in 1990. In 1992, the same year they presented their men's collection, they also launched their first perfume Dolce & Gabbana. They won the Woolmark award in 1991, and the prize "most feminine flavor of the year" in 1993. Towards the end of the 1990s their sales were around 500 million dollars and in 2003 their revenue reached $633 million. By 2005, their turnover was €600 million


Creates lipstick, perfume, cologne, eye wear, watches, jewelry, skincare, and obviously clothing for men, women, and children

What are they famous for?

"Design duo Domenico Dolce (b. 1958, near Palermo, Sicily) and Stefano Gabbana (b.1962, Milan, Italy) are known for making 'stars look like stars'."

Some of their design signatures and trademarks include the reinterpretation of intimate garments as outerwear, animal prints and taking inspiration from ‘real women’

Dolce&Gabbana Winter 2015 Womens Fashion Show