The surreal scene occurred during the first minutes of Dolce & Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2018-19 show in Milan: no model was on the runway to open the Italian label’s fashion show. Instead, drones flew over the catwalk in formation to present the Milanese brand’s latest handbags. For nearly five minutes the audience could admire the label’s creations and think about the place of models in fashion, before they began to step up onto the runway to present a rich and eclectic collection. With the façade of the Oratory of Santa Cita in Palermo in the background, the designers presented their collection called “Fashion Devotion”. Good and evil, good taste and bad. An evocative slogan appeared on the first look: "Fashion Sinner". Over a hundred other silhouettes then followed, dressed in the Italian duo’s favorite materials: brocade, velvet, flashy jewelry and delicate lace. Alternately feline, classic, extrovert or ultra-sexy, the Dolce & Gabbana woman has many aspects this season, ranging from the shyest to the freest. The die is cast.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded the Dolce & Gabbana brand in 1985. The same year, they presented their first collection, which was well received by the industry. However, it took a few more seasons before they met commercial success. In 1987, the duo launched a knitwear line, then underwear and swimsuit ranges two years later. From then on, the team kept expanding their empire. Some famous figures contributed to their success, such as Madonna, who wore a Dolce & Gabbana bustier to the New York premier of her documentary, "Truth or dare: in bed with Madonna" in 1991. In 1992, the fashion designers released their first men's ready-to-wear collection and their first fragrance, Dolce & Gabbana. In 1994, they launched D&G, a wilder, more eccentric and slightly cheaper diffusion line. It disappeared within the parent brand in 2012. Between 1992 and 1998, the duo also designed wedding dresses and offered an interior decoration collection from 1994 to 1999. In 2006, the brand launched its first cosmetics range, represented by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s professional destinies and personal lives are linked. Domenico Dolce was born in 1958 near Palermo. His father was a tailor and his mother sold clothes and fabric. Stefano Gabbana was born in 1962 in Milan. His father was a printer and his mother was an ironer. The duo met in a nightclub. At the time, Domenico Dolce had left the Marangoni Institute and worked for designer Giorgio Correggiari. He then helped Stefano Gabbana get a job working with him. In 1983, they started freelancing. When writing the invoices for their design work, they put their names side by side for the first time. The Dolce & Gabbana brand was launched in 1985. The designers lived as a couple for several years before announcing their separation in 2005.