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Born Domenico Dolce, August 13, , in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. Born Stefano Gabbana, November 14, , in Milan, Italy. Education: Gabbana attended. For Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce - preferred design duo of le tout Hollywood - their love split involved merely one of them taking their. IT will be 30 years next year since Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana started their eponymous label, but as Gabbana proved this week by.
Ossie Clark's career nose-dived after he divorced his associate and textile designer Celia Birtwell in Egon and Diane Von Furstenberg divorced inwhen their label was the fashion choice of New York's most beautiful. Their clothes fell out of favour almost instantaneously, and it's only now that Diane is enjoying a renaissance, presumably because she is no longer associated with her ex.
Backstage at the runway shows, the pair are famous for offering only one direction to their models: Beyond the limitations of the fashion scene, the creative-romantic affiliation operates on a different basis.
Music, for example, has a grand tradition of brands - or rather, bands - surviving creatively, when relationships fail.
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Often, an act will positively thrive on the abject misery of a broken love affair. No Doubt's song Don't Speak was a desperate, furious, soft-rocky screech of pain induced by the end of singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani's seven-year relationship with bass player Tony Kanal. It was also the very song that finally propelled the band to international success. Abba, equally, was a hot-bed of splits and swaps and more splits, jealousy, fully-fledged divorce and acrimony, and although it's widely believed to be precisely this that eventually destroyed the group they lived, wrote and sang through it - and about it - for some six fantastically lucrative years.
The exception of course has to be when the act is named after its components - but still we at least all loved and supported Cher without Sonny and Tina without Ike. Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes have made a veritable virtue of the fact that they're divorced, but still collaborating creatively.
The band was for a time mainly famous for the confusion over Jack and Meg's relationship: When it transpired that Jack and Meg were divorced and an old wedding certificate was produced as proof, the band acquired a new emotional authenticity as a result.
In the context of the music industry then, a split is not a reason to dismantle a band - it's material. A split, indeed, is preferable to an on-going relationship; but then of course angst and heartbreak are the currency of pop. They are not however the currency of film, which in its most commercial incarnation, is rather more feel-good. Accordingly in this context, creative relationships do not necessarily survive splits. Although Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor persisted in making films together regardless of the ever-changing status of their relationship, Arthur Miller referred to the filming of The Misfits - in which Marilyn Monroe starred injust as their five-year marriage was coming to an end - as the 'lowest point of my life.
They divorced in but still run the company as joint managing directors. Simian might have technically outlived the couple, but it rather painfully stalled a couple of years later.
As for Dolce and Gabbana, the label, it does at least have one advantage over many defunct couple-brand hybrids: Who among Stefano and Domenico's celebrity patrons would be interested in buying just 'Dolce', just 'Gabbana'?
He grew up away from it and it was not until he was about 15 years old that he became interested in fashion in general for himself, particularly such designers as Fiorucci. Instead, Gabbana studied graphic design at the university because he wanted to go into advertising. He worked in that field for a short time after graduation before he quit, realizing that his heart just was not in it. It was at that time that he turned to fashion.
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He told Weber in Interview, "I was lucky because a designer took me under his wing and helped me understand the world of fashion. But it was ultimately Domenico who taught me the most about fashion. As time went on while I was learning about it, I fell in love with it—with designing, with making clothes, with dressing people.
They started their partnership inalthough they still did freelance designing for other companies until they had officially started their own company. Fame and fortune, however, did not come immediately to the pair.
They struggled to come to the attention of the fashion scene and did everything in their power to show off their designs to bring that about. We organized it ourselves, me and Stefano, without PR, [with] nothing. My sister and my brother were on the door.
The invites looked like hamburgers. The unconventional approach stirred enough buzz to land them a spot in Milan's fashion week. Not long after, in they opened their first boutique in Japan. Their style is a mix of traditionally male and female clothing, as they are known to say that fashion and dressing have nothing to do with being straight or gay, but rather that everyone has a part of the opposite sex inside them and that everyone needs to get in touch with that opposite side of their gender to be whole.
They point out that it is only modern fashion that has made men and women so different dress-wise. In the 16th century men wore high heels, make-up, and dandy clothes and they were no less masculine than today's men, and women were seen wearing more manly suit tops and flat shoes.
When asked why the two of them collaborated and how it worked, Dolce told Weber in Interview, "We have different tastes, which means that together we tap a combination of desires. Sometimes we might create something that is more Gabbana; sometimes it might be more Dolce.
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But what we create always has to arrive at some kind of agreement. What we hate is when people put up a barrier and try and hide what they feel. Then, in that same year they opened their first boutique in Milan. Also in the pair won the Woolmark Award. Every year their collections change, although each designer has his favorite pieces that remain in the collection each season.
Their concern has never been with what is trendy, but what feels right at that moment. Gabbana was quoted by Frankel in the Guardian as having said, "We sketch everything from new each season, and it doesn't come out the same, but it has the same feeling. This is better in the end because I have one taste. The customer comes to my shop to buy one taste, not another taste, not what is trendy.
But it's better to stay a little outside. Not to try and keep up with it all. It's better to stick with your own style, otherwise, e la morte [death]. She has become one of the duo's biggest fans, and the feelings are definitely mutual. There are very few people from whom the two designers will take orders and design clothing specifically for, but for Madonna they will drop everything to help.
Inthe duo created 1, costumes for Madonna's world tour, "The Girlie Show. Then, for Madonna's Music album, the designers went even further for their favorite pop star; not only did they dress Madonna and her entire ensemble, but they designed and created an entire backdrop for the tour. It was a big success. In the book 10 Years of Dolce and Gabbana was published.