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Italian designers Domenico Dolce (1958 ) and Stefano Gabbana (1962): The two met in Milan in 1980 and designed for the same fashion house. In 1982 they established a designer consulting studio; in time it grew to become the world renowned "Dolce & Gabbana" fashion house. They presented their first women's collection in 1985 in Milan, where a year later their store would open its doors. They won the Woolmark award in 1991, and the prize "most feminine flavor of the year" in 1993.

Towards the end of the 1990s their sales were around 500 million dollars and in 2003 their revenue reached $633 million. By 2005, their turnover was over $ 900 million. What is considered to be their first foray into international recognition came when Madonna wore a corset made of gemstones and accompanying jacket from Dolce & Gabbana to the premiere of Truth or Dare: In Bed with Madonna at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. The duo then partnered with Madonna in 1993 to design over 1500 costumes for the artist's Girlie Show international tour in support of her 1992 album Erotica. In an interview about the costumes, Madonna stated that, "Their clothes are sexy with a sense of humor—like me."

In 1994, the house's trademark double-breasted jacket was named "La Turlington" after model Christy Turlington. That same year the company launched its second main line—D&G, a line aimed at younger individuals. In 1996 the D&G runway show appeared only on the Internet and not the runway, in an experimental move towards new media. That year Dolce & Gabbana also designed the costumes for the film Romeo and Juliet. In an interview in the 16 March 2015 issue of Italian magazine Panorama, they aroused controversy with the remark: “We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one." They also criticized in vitro and surrogacy by saying, "No chemical offspring and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.” Since the comments were made by two gay men in an industry often seen as gay-friendly, reactions were especially harsh. Critics took to social media to voice their opposition, with the hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana garnering 30,000 tweets on Twitter in five days. Celebrities, including Elton John, Madonna, Victoria Beckham, Ricky Martin, Martina Navratilova and Courtney Love, were among those expressing anger over the remarks. Love said she would "burn all of her Dolce and Gabbana clothing”, while John, father of two children conceived through IVF, commented, “"How dare you refer to my beautiful children as 'synthetic.' Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say their most difficult time came in 2005, when they broke up as a couple after 23 years together, but remained partners professionally. 

Platinette: The most famous Italian drag queen, was born on November 4, 1955 in Pilastro, Italy, as Mauro Coruzzi. As an actor he is known for A Magnificent Haunting (2012), Hate 2 O (2006) and A Christmas Carol (2004). He has been a radio and TV talk show host , a writer and a singer. Platinette’s breakthrough came after her appearance on a well-known Italian night time talk show called The Maurizio Costanzo Show. From the start she never spared spicy comments immediately grabbing the audience’s attention in a conservative world that only gave space to handsome men and beautiful women. One of the reasons she was embraced across the board was that she didn’t just talk about cross dressing, homosexuality or transgender issues. Instead she went on TV to discuss and ridicule, often with irony, topics that everyone could relate to and in the process made many realize that even if people seem different, in the end we are really more the same than the other way around. And so she became part of Italian pop culture. Now that Italian gays are finally beginning to gain acceptance and traction a figure like Platinette symbolizes a sense of freedom and liberty and someone to look up to. Someone that can provide strength and inspiration. Furthermore, the longer Platinette has been on television and radio talking about things like politics, religion and life in general,the less the cross-dressing is even an issue for those who may have been taken aback at first.

 


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