Dolce&Gabbana
The story of Dolce&Gabbana began in the 1980's. Sicilian Domenico Dolce, born in 1958 and heir to a fashion studio met the Milanese graphic (later fashion) designer Stefano Gabbana while they were both working as assistant designers in a fashion studio in Milan. In 1982, they decided that the best way to express their unusual and extremely personal style was to work for themselves and open a design studio. Their first break came in 1985 when the two Italian fashion designers were among three up and coming names chosen to present their collections in the New Talent category at the Milan Fashion Show. Just one year later they held their first show. The duo's telent and creativity, coupled with the interest from press and buyers meant that these new representatives of Italian fashion quickly became famous all over the world. In 1988, after moving into a larger showroom and launching their first knitwear collections, the Italian duo began a collaboration with Saverio Dolce, Domenico Dolce's family company, for the ready-to-wear lines. The same year, Dolce&Gabbana signed an agreement with the Onward Kashiyama group and started distributing their designs in Japan. In 1999, they opened their London studio, designed by British architect David Chipperfield: the result of the collaboration being a blend of the designers' Mediterranean roots and a hint of English taste. In 1992 the Italian fashion label launched the first Dolce & Gabbana Parfum for women, to be followed by the men's version in 1994 and both winners of the top prizes in their sector. It was followed by Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue in 2001 (and in 2007 the male version) and in 2003 by Dolce&Gabbana Sicily. The advertising campaign for this classic fragrance starred Italian actress Monica Bellucci under the direction of Giuseppe Tornatore and with music by Ennio Morricone. More recently they launched the equally successful and acclaimed Dolce&Gabbana The One.