October 12, 2005
Dolce & Gabbana
Domenico Dolce, was born on August 13, 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Italy, and Stefano Gabbana was born on November 14, 1962, in Venice, Italy. As students, Gabbana studied graphic design, but Dolce received a fashion education, studying in Venice and working in the small clothing factory his family owned.
In 1980, the duo met when they worked at the same atelier in Venice. They began to do freelance design in 1982, when they began doing business together.
When their first collection was shown in 1986, it received acclaim from around the globe. Four years later, they revealed their premiere menswear collection and opened a women’s boutique in Milan. Also in 1990, they started designing for the Complice line for the Genny Group in Milan.
Recently, the fashion house published a book chronicling 10 years of Dolce & Gabbana history.
Dolce & Gabbana are on the same line of couture houses of Armani, Versace, Gucci, Prada and Moschino.
Dolce and Gabbana announced on the 20th February 2005 that they would split up after 19 years. Stefano Gabbana said that “This is a love split, not a business split,”. Moreover he said “Domenico and I are still very good friends and, as for the working relationship, we are still very much together. Business, in fact, has never been better.”
In 2005, in partnership with Motorola Dolce & Gabbana S.p.A. branded a gold limited edition (1000 produced) RAZR V3i, it is available exclusively through Dolce & Gabbana boutiques. It features Dolce & Gabbana logo, music and customisation, the striking gold design is its main difference to the normal RAZR.
Generally, Dolce & Gabbana is written as previously, however it is spelt by the company when printed as Dolce&Gabbana (without the space), it is only in the logo where there is a space.
Dolce & Gabbana is organized into two central lines for adults. ‘D&G’ and ‘Dolce & Gabbana’. D&G generally forms the groups more casual lines with slightly cheaper prices and follows an urban inspireation. D&G follows the trends of culture of the time and is trend-setting. Dolce & Gabbana centralizes on luxury materials and is consideribly more expensive than D&G. The line does not change as much as D&G, and is influenced by satorial designs, it is described as ‘timeless’ by Dolce & Gabbana. Within each line is beachwear, underwear, eyewear (ophthalmic & sunglasses) and fragrances. The D&G line carries the jewelery and timepieces.
D&G Junior is a separate line aimed at children under the age of 13. D&G Junior follows the ethos of D&G and embodies youth and fun with the styles of its clothes. Each season follows a set-named trend for a season and is named separately for boys and girls. The line contains clothes aimed at different ages of children. D&G Junior is more visibly influenced by popular culture compared to D&G, such as the Ibiza line of D&G Junior. Surprisingly, D&G Junior is distributed to more stores than the adult brands and is available outside of boutiques and department stores.