Fashion designer: cheeky, pious, frivolous: Stefano Gabbana turns 60

Can you tailor with four hands? Since Dolce</p>With collections that are cheeky, frivolous and pious at the same time, they have become the most successful designer duo in history.

Fashion designer: cheeky, pious, frivolous: Stefano Gabbana turns 60

Can you tailor with four hands? Since Dolce

With collections that are cheeky, frivolous and pious at the same time, they have become the most successful designer duo in history. But in the end they kept getting calls for a boycott.

As a child he loved dolls

Stefano Gabbana was born on November 14, 1962 in Milan and grew up in modest circumstances. His father worked in a printing shop, his mother as a porter and cleaning lady. It sounds like a fashion designer cliché, but it's actually true in his case: As a child, he had an affinity for dolls and really wanted a Barbie. What fails for a long time due to the resistance of the parents is finally fulfilled with one's own pocket money.

The childhood of Domenico Dolce, who is four years his senior, points even more clearly to a future fashion career. His father was a tailor in Polizzi Generosa in Sicily. In his parents' clothing company, Domenico Dolce learned to sew at an early age, made miniature dresses and, at the age of six, so he claims, his first piece of clothing.

Like so many southern Italians, Dolce set out as a young man to find happiness in Milan. In the early 1980s he met Stefano Gabbana in a fashion designer's studio. Gabbana was actually a graphic designer, but was fed up with advertising and was looking for new professional perspectives.

The two men became lovers and founded one of the most important fashion labels in the world to this day. That "

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It could all have been over after the first collection. Your producer had dropped out. "We had to start from scratch again. But all the doors we knocked on remained locked. I thought: Okay, born and died in just one night," recalled Stefano Gabbana in an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. to the beginnings.

It's a good thing that you can rely on your family in Italy. Even better if she's in the same industry anyway. Domenico Dolce's parents took over the production of the collection with their clothing company. Key positions are still occupied by family members today. Alfonso Dolce, the designer's brother, is the company's CEO. In addition, they have so far resisted every offer to sell even the smallest company shares.

They countered the androgynous business look of the 1980s with a motherly, sensual type of woman. "Breasts, waist and bottom - that's what interests me in a woman," Stefano Gabbana was once quoted as saying by the magazine "Marie Claire". Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Anna Magnani are the guiding principles of the designer duo, while Sicily and the family are the living environment for their designs.

In her fashion, strict formality meets exuberant imagination. The pinstripe suit and bustiers, corsets and bras worn as outerwear became her first trademarks. When Madonna, at the time the measure of all things in show business, left Dolce in the early 90s

Lots of trouble and shitstorms in recent years

There were several calls for a boycott and shitstorms on the Internet. In 2015, when they spoke out against artificial insemination and surrogacy in an interview with the Italian magazine "Panorama". The gay community in particular, led by Elton John, was up in arms. 2017 because Stefano Gabbana proudly posted a picture of Melania Trump in a Dolce on his Instagram account

And finally, in 2018, the absolute meltdown. Ahead of a mega event planned in Shanghai, the designers launched promotional videos showing a Chinese model trying to eat pasta and pizza with chopsticks. What was probably meant as irony came across as racism. In China, people were so angry that the designers not only had to cancel the show, they had to make a public apology.

Forget everything and forgive? Well, the most recent show at the end of September in Milan was again a great spectacle. Dedicated to Kim Kardashian, the current queen of curves. Some say the designers want to polish up their image with glitz and glamor. For the others, they have simply come back to themselves.

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