>> The men of Dolce & Gabbana not only like to argue with fellow designers, they like to squabble among themselves. In the February 2009 issue of Interview, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sit down with Tim Blanks for what turns out to be quite the sassy little chat, ranging from how they approach designing to how their Milan office has not one, but two signed prints of a Madonna portrait by Steven Klein: "'Of course, one each,' Gabbana says archly. 'Dolce & Gabbana is not one.'”
They know their weaknesses — animal prints, corsets — and try hard to stay away.
SG: We start every season with a piece of paper, two lists— “Yes” and “No.” And always it’s “No brocade, no animal prints . . .” It’s too easy to do the brocade. We do the list because we are not young. We are old chickens in the system. We’ve done this job for 24 years, you know.
DD: And we design too much animal print. So, “No animal print,” and “Yes a white shirt with lace,” “Yes a new shoulder,” “No brocade . . .” But finally, maybe I need some brocade.
SG: Or then maybe I need to do it in a corset, and in the end . . .