The Iconic Muses of Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana are famous for their various interpretations of the Italian woman. Over the years we have seen the imagery of the Virgin Mary, the Prima Donnas of Cinecittà, la mamma italiana dressed in black lace and voluptuous feminine figures walking at the catwalks and starring in their campaigns.
In anticipation of their Milan Fashion Week show, we look back at most iconic Dolce & Gabbana muses that are synonymous with the identity of the Italian fashion house.
If there is one Italian actress you already know, this is without a doubt, Sophia Loren. The heroine in some of Cinecittà’s biggest films, she is the embodiment of the fantasy woman who seduced the whole of Hollywood, as well establishing herself as an iconic Dolce & Gabbana muse. Representing the eternal beauty of the Italian woman, Loren is the face of the house’s campaign for the perfume Dolce Rosa Excelsa where she portrays the mother of a large Italian family tasked with restoring a Sicilian villa.
Since 1992 when she appeared in Steven Meisel’s Dolce & Gabbana campaign, Monica Bellucci has been one of the Italian house’s staple female muses. Famed for her full-bodied, womanly figure, she is a darling of filmmakers in Rome and throughout the world. She still regularly appears in the now iconic Dolce & Gabbana campaigns that exploit 1960s Italian stereotypes and clichés, showing generations young and old coming together for a family portrait on a beach in Capri.
With her dreamy big blue eyes and killer figure, Bianca Balti is the embodiment of the ideal Italian femme fatale. With her Madonna-like beauty and delicate features, she has graced the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk since her first appearance in 2005 and she was the face of their campaign for Light Blue perfume shot by Mario Testino in Capri island. In an ode to motherhood, the Italian beauty made the news last season when she walked the Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2015 catwalk six months pregnant.
Bianca Brandolini d’Adda
A noble socialite with an Italian-Brazilian background, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda is a representation of the quintessential Italian woman. With her wild mane of brown hair and athletic and tanned figure became a standout muse for the fashion house over the years.The Italian socialite regularly poses in their campaigns where she is depicted in noisy Italian scenes surrounded by adoring Lotharios.