The now globally recognized Sicilian style of Dolce & Gabbana is the result of thirty years of careful cultivation by the duo, who revisited childhood memories to develop a wholly unique aesthetic. Built around a cinematic fantasy of Sicily, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are known for their signature uses of black lace, corseting and lingerie, tailoring and roses. Intriguingly though, these Italian and Sicilian themes took several collections to manifest in their designs as the pair instead drew from much farther afield sources (primarily Japanese design) before realizing their talent lay in reworking reminiscences into fashion form. The slow evolution of their designs through the first five years of their career (1985 to 1990) provides a clear foundation for the development of their signature aesthetic.

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