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Fashion designer

Domenico Mario Assunto Dolce is an Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur. Along with Stefano Gabbana, he is one half of the luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana (D&G). Since founding D&G in 1985, Mr. Dolce has become one of the world's most influential fashion designers and an industry icon.


Mr. Dolce was born in Polizzi Generosa, Sicilia, Italy, on September 13, 1958. His father was a tailor and his mother sold fabrics and apparel.


Domenico Dolce moved to Milan to attend the fashion design school Istituto Marangoni, but he dropped out before graduating, confident he knew enough to work in the industry. His dream was to work for Armani.


In 1980, Mr. Dolce met Milan native Stefano Gabbana through Mr. Dolce's employer, designer Giorgio Correggiari. In 1983, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce left Correggiari to work on their own; two years later, they launched Dolce & Gabbana S.p.A. (D&G).

In October 1985, the Dolce & Gabbana brand made its fashion show debut at Milano Collezioni's Nuovi Talenti (New Talents). In March 1986, D&G released its first collection and held its own show, "Real Women". In 1987, the first D&G store opened in Milan, at 7 Via Santa Cecilia. In 1988, D&G established a partnership with Mr. Dolce's father, Saverio, who owned the manufacturing company Dolce Saverio in Legnano, near Milan.

D&G continued to expand, holding its first fashion shows in Tokyo (April 1989) and New York (April 1990), and releasing new collection lines, including its first lingerie and beachwear line in July 1989, and its first menswear line in January 1990. In November 1990, D&G opened its New York City showroom at 532 Broadway in SoHo, Manhattan. D&G released its first fragrance, Dolce & Gabbana Parfum, in October 1992.

In 1993, the Italian designers received worldwide fame when Madonna chose D&G to design the costumes for her Girlie Show World Tour. They have since gone on to design for Monica Bellucci, Kylie Minogue, Angelina Jolie and Isabella Rossellini.

Later additions to the D&G line included ties, belts, handbags, sunglasses, watches and footwear. By 2003, the company sold more products in Italy than Armani, Gucci, Prada, and Versace. In 2004 Dolce and Gabbana opened their first stand-alone store anywhere in the world on Bond Street in London, England, the D&G emporium, which stocked the duos less-expensive designer collection. In 2009, nearly 25 years after D&G opened, the company had 113 stores and 21 factory outlets, a staff of 3,500 people and an annual turnover of more than €1 billion.


  • Achievement Young Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana. of Domenico Dolce

    Since founding D&G in 1985, Domenico Dolce has become one of the world's most influential fashion designers and an industry icon. Mr. Gabbana and Mr. Dolce have received numerous honours for their fashion and cultural contributions. Their first fashion award, the International Woolmark Prize, came in 1991. In 1993, their Dolce & Gabbana Parfum was named the Best Fragrance of the Year.

    In 2009, the City of Milan awarded them the Ambrogino Gold medal. In 2014, the La Fondazione NY, a charity aimed at supporting young Italian and American artists, honoured Mr. Gabbana, Mr. Dolce and Mr. Luhrmann at its third awards gala at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. As of October 2015, Mr. Dolce was the 27th richest person in Italy with a net worth of approximately US$1.74 billion, according to Forbes.



Quotations: "The worst times can be the best if you think with positive energy."

"Do I make fashion mistakes? Yes, but I won't say what."

"At the beginning of the career is important for a designer to present his most representative pieces."

"We built our fashion around three fundamental concepts: Sicily, tailoring, and tradition. Our dream is to create a style which is timeless, and to create clothes with such a strong personality that whoever sees them can instantly say without a shadow of a doubt: this is a Dolce & Gabbana."

"Each of our collections is like a movie. We write the script, and this Sicilian woman who has traveled around the world plays the lead role."

"My mind is never stopping. I think, if you stop, you die. Maybe it is a problem for me - I have to talk to myself and say, 'Please stop. Switch off.'"

"The fashion system has killed fashion."


Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were an open couple for many years. They ended their long-time relationship in 2003 or 2005, but the pair still work together at D&G.

Stefano Gabbana
Stefano Gabbana - partner of Domenico Dolce