We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Dolce and Gabbana, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the Italian fashion house that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: They Are the Official Sponsor of Italy’s National Football Team. Dolce and Gabbana have been the official sponsor of Italy’s national football team since 2006. They provide the team with formalwear, athletic wear, and accessories.
Number Seven: They Have a History With Madonna. Dolce and Gabbana made all of the costumes for Madonna’s Girlie Show tour, which took place in 1993. They then asked Madonna to participate in their 2010 advertising campaign, which she did.
Number Six: Dolce Made His First Piece of Clothing When He Was Six Years Old. It’s true! Dolce was just six years old when he made his first piece of clothing – a pair of trousers. Dolce’s father was a well-known tailor, so he was constantly surrounded by clothing and sewing machines.
Number Five: They Did Some Interesting Things With Velcro. Two years after presenting their first collection, Dolce and Gabbana wanted to do something revolutionary to make themselves stand out. They proceeded to design a line called Transformismo, which consisted of reversible dresses with Velcro tabs.
Number Four: Dolce Really Likes Cake. Dolce and Gabbana were reportedly on a confectionary tour of Palermo when they spotted a poster of a woman with a shawl on her head – the work of Ferdinando Scianna. They then commissioned Scianna to shoot a campaign for them in Sicily, and that sort of take on Sicilian style eventually became their trademark as a brand.
Number Three: They Shoot and Direct All Their Own Campaigns. Today, Dolce and Gabbana impressively shoot and direct their own campaigns. They have worked with many famous photographers in the past, but they now use their own skills to represent their brand.
Number Two: They Made One of the Most Controversial Fashion Ads in History. The pair made an ad in 2007 that shows one man holding a woman to the ground, with several other men surrounding her. The ad was alleged to humiliate women and created much controversy.
Number One: They Have a Single. In 1996, Dolce and Gabbana released a single that involved the phrase “D&G is love” being repeated over a techno beat. There really isn’t anything this powerhouse couple can’t do!