Domenico Dolce Biography

Domenico Dolce, the renowned Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur, is best known as the co-owner of the luxury fashion house ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ (D&G). Growing up in a family of tailors, Dolce developed a deep passion for fashion and saw it as a means of self-expression. After working in his family’s clothing factory, he moved to Milan to pursue his dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Alongside Stefano Gabbana, he founded ‘Dolce & Gabbana S.p.A.’ in 1985, marking the beginning of their successful partnership. From their first collection, ‘Real Women,’ they expanded their offerings to include various lines such as beachwear, lingerie, menswear, perfumes, and more. Their collaboration reached new heights when they designed costumes for Madonna’s world tour, propelling them to industry stardom. Despite their romantic relationship coming to an end in 2003, Dolce and Gabbana continued to work together professionally, solidifying their status as influential figures in the fashion world.

Quick Facts

  • Italian Celebrities Born In August
  • Also Known As: Domenico Mario Assunto Dolce
  • Age: 65 Years, 65 Year Old Males
  • Family: siblings: Alfonso Dolce, Dorotea Dolce
  • Partner: Stefano Gabbana (1982–2003)
  • Born Country: Italy
  • CEOs
  • Fashion Designers
  • Height: 5’10” (178 cm), 5’10” Males
  • Notable Alumni: Fashion Design School Istituto Marangoni
  • Education: Fashion Design School Istituto Marangoni

Career

After school, Dolce got a job in a famous design studio in Milan. In 1980, while working for designer Giorgio Correggiari, he met Stefano Gabbana through him. He and Gabbana became partners in 1982; at that time, they both designed for other companies as freelancers. In 1983, they left Correggiari to work on their own. Their unique approach of showing off their designs wherever they could garnered them a spot in Milan’s Fashion Week in 1985. In the same year, they launched their own company with the name ‘Dolce & Gabbana S.p.A.’ and in October, they made their fashion show debut at the ‘Milano Collezioni’s Nuovi Talenti (New Talents)’.

In March 1986, they launched their first collection named ‘Real Women’ and held their own show. In 1987, they opened their first store in Milan followed by establishing a partnership with Dolce’s father who owned a small manufacturing company named ‘Dolce Saverio’ in Legnano in 1988. In 1989, they held their first fashion show in Tokyo, Japan, in April, followed by introducing their first lingerie and beachwear line in July. Soon, they opened their first store in Japan. In 1990, they released their first menswear line in January and held their first fashion show in New York in April. By November the same year, they had opened their NYC showroom in Manhattan. In 1991, they received their first fashion award, the ‘International Woolmark Prize’.

In October 1992, they released their first fragrance named ‘Dolce & Gabbana Parfum’ which was named as the ‘Best Fragrance of the Year’ in 1993. In 1993, their fame skyrocketed when they successfully grabbed the attention of pop sensation Madonna. They created 1,500 costumes for her ‘Girlie Show World Tour’. In 1995, they released their first book named ‘10 Years of Dolce and Gabbana’. In 1996, they were named the ‘Designers of the Year’ by ‘FHM’. In 1998, they also launched a line of eyewear followed by a line of watches in 2000. Several lines of underwear for men and women, ties, belts, handbags, footwear, and jewelry were launched over the ensuing years.

They went on to design clothes for famous celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Brad Pitt, Victoria Beckham, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Monica Bellucci, Angelina Jolie, and Isabella Rossellini. In 2004, they opened their first stand-alone store on Bond Street in London, England, and also designed uniforms for A.C Milan.

Family & Personal Life

Domenico Dolce was born on 13 August 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, Italy. His father was a tailor and his mother sold fabrics and apparel. He developed an early interest in fashion, thanks to his father. He grew up working in his family’s small clothing factory before moving to Milan to study at the fashion design school Istituto Marangoni. However, he dropped out before graduation thinking he knew enough to start working. He wanted to work for Armani.

Following their business collaboration, he and Gabbana became a couple and moved in together in a 19th-century villa in Milan. In 2003, they announced their separation. However, they continued their professional collaboration. In 2009, they were awarded the ‘Ambrogino Gold medal’ by the City of Milan.

In 2013, he and Gabbana were accused of tax evasion and were given a 20-month suspended sentence in prison. In October 2014, their charges were cleared by the appellate court. According to ‘Forbes,’ he became the 27th richest person in Italy with a net worth of US$1.74 billion in October 2015.

In March 2015, he made a negative comment about children born through IVF, calling them ‘synthetic children.’ This brought him much criticism on social media. British singer-songwriter Elton John even called for the boycott of the brand Dolce & Gabbana. Gabbana stepped in and called for a counter-boycott.

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