Dolce and Gabbana

By Sara DeGarmo

Domenico Dolce

On August 13, 1958, Domenico Dolce was born in Sicily, Italy, to a tailer father and a mother that sold fabrics and apparel. He moved to Milan to attend the fashion design school Instituto Marangoni, but he dropped out before graduating, confident he could make it in the industry. He dreamt of working for Armani at the time. At the time of his and Stefano's meeting he worked for designer Giorgio Correggiari.

Stefano Gabbana

On the 14 of November, 1962, Stefano Gabbana was born in Milan, Italy. He was born to a father who worked in a printing factory and a mother who worked for a laundry service. He graduated for Instituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche. In 1980, he met Domenico Dolce through Dolce's Giorgio Correggiari. Stefano said, "He was not very famous. But for us he was important. He taught us especially what 'not' to do."

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana first met in Milan in 1980. The two designers worked in the same fashion house before coming up with their own brand. In 1982, the two created a designer consulting studio. In 1983, the two left their employer and started their company. In 1985, they came out with their first line as "Dolce and Gabbana".

First Line

Dolce and Gabbana came out with their first line, a women's line, in 1985. During the first fashion show, they could not afford to hire models, or buy accessories so they sought out to their friends who became their first models. The "models" wore their own accessories that would complement the clothing they were wearing. As they could not pay models, they also could not buy a real stage curtain, they brought a bed sheet from home to use as the curtain.


The two, had two brands, D&G and Dolce and Gabbana. D & G was the younger, more flamboyant diffusion line of the brand. Unlike their other brand, D&G sold watches and clothing. In 2011, Dolce & Gabbana decided to discontinue the D & G-line in order to put "more strength and energy" into their other collections. Their brand had many different collections, including, home, also discontinued, sports, bridal, men's women's, beachwear, eyewear, undergarments, teens/children, accessories, travel cases, cosmetics, shoes, perfumes and more.

Spring 1990

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Fall 1995

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Spring 2000

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Fall 2006

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Spring 2016

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Sources: Mostly Wikipedia