Twenty years after their first ever fashion show, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana chose to look back to one of their favourite fashion era: the 60s. As well as maturity in the designer’s works, this collection also displayed an extravagant use of materials which was only a dream to them at the beginning.
To make the 20th anniversary of the Dolce&Gabbana brand, the designers went Sixties mad in a visually stunning collection based on fine materials and innovative fabrics.
David Bailey’s photographs of Jane Shrimpton for Vogue in the mid sixties were the starting point of the collections. The couple’s intimacy in their private life translated into a type of complicity on set which made the images memorable. Added to the fact that they represented the essence of British extravagant and eccentric style from the era, Domenic Dolce and Stefano Gabbana based their Fw2006 collection on that imagery.
The silhouettes ranged from young mini dresses to elegant maxi dresses and sixties lady like suits. The trapeze shaped dresses, the thigh skimming minis as well as the waist enhancing lady like suits all represented a modern take on the Sixties must have items which characterised the fashion of that decade.
The fabrics used were a celebration of the success of Dolce&Gabbana as well as a representation of those inspirational Vogue images cited by the designers. Astrakhan used like fabric, crystals and excess of fur referenced both 60s fashion and the designer’s graduation into high fashion. As time went on, Dolce&Gabbana have become able to afford exquisitely manufactured couture level clothing, but as Domenico himself said “20 years [before] we didn’t even have money for buttons…”
The FW2006 collection also had a modern muse. As well as Jane Shrimpton, Chloë Sevigny was another icon which gave life to the collection. The designers called Chloë, much admired for her eccentric taste and the character she gives to clothes once she wears them, to collaborate on the collection. And after months of work, and a little convincing, Chloë accepted to open the show for Domenico and Stefano.
Styled by: Yuri Ahn
Written by: Valentina Zannoni