Dolce and Gabbana are one of the most recognizable fashion houses in the industry. The Milan, Italy-based house was founded in 1985 and is still going strong. However, despite the fact that Dolce and Gabbana have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Dolce and Gabbana. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Dolce Was Born in a Small Town. Domenico Dolce was born in Polizzi Generosa, which is a tiny town in the Sicilian hillside. Interestingly, Martin Scorcese’s paternal grandparents were also from there.
Number Fourteen: They Met in a Nightclub. Dolce and Stefano Gabbana met in a nightclub in Milan, Italy. Gabbana was a graphic designer at the time, and he said that Dolce was reportedly dressed like a priest on the night they met.
Number Thirteen: Dolce Called Armani Before They Were Big. Dolce decided to make a bold move and contact Giorgio Armani to try and show him his book way before Dolce & Gabbana made it big as a brand. Though things didn’t work out with Armani, they clearly ended up working out for him.
Number Twelve: They Are Rooted in Their Identities. Gabbana has emphasized the importance of identity for a brand. Rather than focus on skirt length and trends, he says that the most important thing is to maintain a specific stylistic identity. He says that everything he and Dolce have done has been rooted in love.
Number Eleven: Their First Boutique Was in Tokyo. Dolce and Gabbana opened their very first boutique together in 1989. However, rather than open it in Milan or somewhere else in Italy, they opened their first boutique in Tokyo, Japan.
Number Ten: Their Fall/Winter 2015 Line Celebrates Motherhood. However, their controversial comments on in vitro fertilization have caused Elton John to stage a boycott on their products. They had previously described children born through in vitro fertilization as “chemistry children and synthetic children,” but they have since said that they respect how all people live their lives.
Number Nine: They Strive to Have a Recognizable Brand. Dolce and Gabbana have said that they are highly influenced by Italian cinema, and especially characters from 1960’s La Dolce Vita, when they design their clothing.