“‘I saw the most innovative collection at the Milan fashion shows. It was designed by two young guys—how do you say ‘sweet’ in Italian?’ the photographer Dominique Issermann asked me.
“Dolce,” I replied.
“That’s it. One is called Dolce, the other something else. I cannot remember. Their clothes are very Italian, very inspired by Sicily.”
“Sicily” and “innovative” struck me. Those are two words that generally don’t go together. Sicily is the land of the old world, where the most ancient traditions are still alive: virgins, vendettas, widows and omertà. Fashion goes with vanity, seduction, lightness, but any explicit sign of any of those is condemned by the old Sicilian rules. We all know, though, that nothing and nobody can put a lid on such things as seduction, attraction, and appeal. They find a way out of any black dress, out of any buttoned-up blouse, out of any severe social morals, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana communicated these escapes to freedom with their clothes.” -Isabella Rossellini
- Excerpt from the Introduction of 10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana