Fashion Designer Domenico Dolce was born in 1958, in a small Italian village outside of Sicily, called Polizzi Generosa. His business partner, Stefano Gabbana, was also born in Italy in 1962. In his early years, Domenico studied fashion design in Sicily and worked in his family’s small clothing factory. Steffano, on the other hand, surprisingly had no official fashion education; and instead studied graphic design.
Dolce and Gabbana met in 1980 when they were working as assistants in an atelier in Milan. When they started business together in 1982, they continued to do free-lance designing for others.
Their first collection in 1986 won international acclaim, and their first boutique opened in 1989 in Japan. In 1990 they presented their first men’s collection and opened their first women’s boutique in Milan. That same year, the duo began designing the Complice line for the Genny Group in Milan (Complice had been designed by Versace from 1975 to 1981, and then by Claude Montana until 1987.) Scarves, ties, beachwear, perfume, and accessories were added in 1992.
Today Dolce & Gabbana has two central lines: Dolce&Gabbana and D&G. The Dolce&Gabbana line consists of an exquisite range of luxury items which are far more formal and flamboyant than the casual, less expensive D&G line. The brand has also expanded to include beachwear, underwear, corrective eyewear, sunglasses, fragrance, bags, and a “D&G Juniors” line which caters to children. In addition to fashion, the company recently published a book called “10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana”, released a CD of dance floor music and opened a glitzy restaurant in Milan called “Gold”.