Dolce & Gabbana Kids Clothes
Meet the creators of our fabulous Dolce & Gabbana Kids Clothes 2018, Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. They met in 1980, but even from their early days their lives were destined to be filled with fashion. Sicilian-born Dolce, son of a tailor, grew-up surrounded by cloth and a great understanding of fabric whereas Gabbana, born in Milan, was inspired to enter the fashion industry after a childhood spent growing up in one of the world’s greatest fashion capitals. Their chance encounter came when Dolce called the fashion house that Gabbana worked for; Gabbana went on to become Dolce’s mentor.
Gabbana is the eyes for Dolce’s hands-The New Yorker
In 1982, the pair launched a fashion consultancy which eventually resulted in the formation of their own label; Dolce & Gabbana was born and a shared love of a Mediterranean aesthetic went on to become a global brand.
Their runway debut “Real Women” (due to the use of local women as models on the runway) took place at Milan Fashion Week in 1985 and was both youthful and exuberant in comparison to other fashions of the time. One of the looks that featured heavily was the Sicilian Widow, adorned in black lace, a look that they have frequently revisited. Although sales from their first collection were disappointing, Dolce’s family helped the pair to pay for fabric for their second collection which was launched in 1986, alongside the opening of their first store. By their fourth collection, the Italian fashion market started to take notice of the pair. Dolce drew upon his Sicilian roots with this collection, and the pair shot an advertising campaign inspired by 1940s Italian cinema using photographer Ferdinando Scianna and featuring Dutch model Marpessa Hennink. One of the most important pieces from this collection was the ‘Sicilian Dress’ which went on to be named by author Hal Rubenstein as one of the most important dresses ever designed. The dress took inspiration from a slip with tight-fitting straps and a straight neckline which runs straight across the bust. The slip comes in at the waist and firmly hugs the figure, but widens to emphasise the hips and falls with a slight taper to the knee, guaranteeing that the hips will sway when its wearer walks. This dress is considered the most representative piece of this era for the brand, and has been reissued and reimagined numerous times throughout their history.
As early as the nineties, Dolce & Gabbana began to branch into other areas of fashion such as accessories, fragrance and knitwear whilst gaining a worldwide reputation for creating sensual womenswear and classic menswear. In 1991, their menswear won the prestigious Woolmark Award for most innovative men’s collection of the year, and their first fragrance ‘Dolce and Gabbana’ won an ‘Oscar des Parfums’ in 1996 for the best male fragrance, the first time this accolade was achieved by an Italian brand. Dolce & Gabbana have also designed both on and off-field attire for both AC Milan and the Italian national team. Other areas of diversification in their history include filter line D&G launched in 1994, aimed at a younger market, and their childrenswear line launched in 2001. Our team at Designer Childrenswear are proud stockists of Dolce & Gabbana Kids Clothes, and proud to have such a prestigious brand as part of our collection.
Dolce & Gabbana: Trademarks, Inspirations and Style
Sicily and Sicilian culture is synonymous with Dolce & Gabbana’s style and identity. The pair liken their design process to that of making a film; they come up with a story and design the clothes to go with it, focusing always on the best, most flattering clothes that they can create as opposed to following trends. As with most fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana have a set of well-established codes that make their collections instantly recognisable such as the use of underwear as outerwear, animal prints, gangster-boss pinstripe suits, lace and of course the wonderful Sicilian tile-print used famously in their Sicilian dresses. Some of their most recent collections have also included fun cartoon characters of themselves!
From as early as 1993, Dolce & Gabbana began to cultivate working relationships with celebrities which helped to grow their brand globally as a result. In 1991, they famously designed a corset and matching jacket adorned with gemstones for Madonna which she wore to the premiere of ‘Truth or Dare: In Bed With Madonna’ at Cannes Film Festival, thus propelling their work into the limelight. Dolce & Gabbana then went on to design over 1500 costumes for her ‘Girlie Show’ tour in 1993, and again for her ‘Drowned’ world tour in 2001. In 1999, the pair appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in support of Whitney Houston’s ‘My Love Is Your Love’ tour for which they also designed costumes. In more recent years, Dolce & Gabbana have designed for Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige and Beyoncé.
Dolce & Gabbana today
In September 2018, Dolce & Gabbana previewed their Spring/Summer ’19 collection which featured many of the well-established style codes of the house. Referred to as ‘Sunday-best, Dolce style’ by British Vogue, the collection saw supermodels, celebrities and influencers take to the runway adorned in sequins, rhinestones, tassels and three-piece brocade suits. A-list celebrities both old and new walked the runway including Liam Payne, Cardi B, Stevie Wonder, Isabella Rossellini and her children and Helena Christensen to name a few. The message was summed-up by the hashtag #DGFamily, a celebration of age, style and sexuality in keeping with the house’s appreciation of real-people. The new collection features many classic codes once again, such as figure-hugging black lace and floral opulence.
Dolce & Gabbana Kids Clothes
We are delighted to have Dolce & Gabbana as part of the Designer Childrenswear family. Many of the house’s style-codes translate perfectly into their amazing collection of childrenswear, from the gangster-boss pinstripe featured in their jogging pants, to the amazing tile-print of the mini-me Sicilian-style dresses. Dolce & Gabbana childrenswear is full of fun, colour and luxury and is available both in our Sunderland store and online.