They also shut their boutiques in Milan for three days, hanging signs that declared “Closed Out Of Indignation”.As could only happen in Italy’s Byzantine justice system, the verdict of the Court of Cassation coincided with a judgment in the criminal court which cleared the designers of wrongdoing.This paradox holds out hope that they won’t end up behind bars; as does the fact that two independent auditors – Pricewaterhouse Coopers and an economist, Prof Angelo Provasoli – found that, in 2004, the year Dolce and Gabbana and D&G were incorporated as Gado, the brand was worth €360 million and not €1.1 billion, as claimed by the Italian authorities.
As a storyteller, he has dedicated himself to photography with the same passion and enthusiasm he expresses in fashion, style, and in his visual culture.
He published the photography book Campioni in Autumn 2012 and recently, he shot the S/S 2013 Dolce&Gabbana advertising campaign.
A raven-haired temptress strikes a dramatic pose, hand to forehead, in a cloistered courtyard; beauties in richly ornate dresses parade down a cobble-stoned street; an elderly mamma stands on a Sicilian beach while her clan – handsome youths and girls with Sophia Loren curves – cluster around.
This formula has turned the designers Domenico Dolce, 55, and Stefano Gabbana, 51, into multimillionaires – Forbes magazine ranks them as the 11th richest people in Italy, worth more than £1 billion each.
Stars from Madonna and Cindy Crawford to Kylie Minogue and Monica Bellucci adore the label.