Dolce&Gabbana are know for their female enhancing fashion, their sharp tailoring, and their courage. In the SS2003 collection, they displayed these three qualities, and more, in a collection inspired by their own archives and astronauts!
The early Naughties witnessed a phenomenon as a reaction to the new Millennium: Vintage. The already worn, loved and copied items from the past became the ultimate must have. In trips around the most well known and well stocked vintage establishments around the globe, Messers Dolce and Gabbana noticed that their own creations from the early years were suspect absentees from the racks of Armanis, Diors and Kenzos. They were told, that women who purchase Dolce&Gabbana clothes tend to hang on to them, as they’re always relevant and flattering. So due to the lack of actual vintage available, Dolce&Gabban decided to redesign some of their iconic early pieces to satisfy the appetite of vintage lovers everywhere.
The collection was split in two halves: vintage and futuristic. The vintage portion comprised the stretch trousers suit that made everywoman crave a Dolce&Gabbana suit for their important meetings in the boardroom. The drawstring or elasticated jersey and corset dresses for those events where you need to stand out. The portion of the collection which looked back at their own archives poked fun at the current vintage trend without alienating clients- it was a witty comment which the fashion arena of the early Millennium needed to heed.
The second portion of the collection was an insane mix of gladiators, punks, sailors and Barbarella. The sports inspired looks, those waxed silver parkas, leggings and dresses were actually inspired by astronauts. Bondage also played a part, chokers with letters spelling sex, push button fastening on strategic areas of the body and of course laces and more laces all referenced an overtly sexual inspiration.
Drawing from the latter part of the collection, Steven Meisel, the photographer of choice for the Dolce&Gabbana advertisement campaigns in that period had an out of this world idea for the shoots. Super model du jour, Gisele Bundchen was photographed in a space age ambiance, it looked like a command centre- buttons, LEDs, monitors and cameras. Giselle de astronaut dressed in high fashion pieces was photographed in very very sexy poses, referencing the bondage part of the collection. A Naughties Barbarella for the era of Vintage.
Styled by: Yuri Ahn
Written by: Valentina Zannoni