THE STORY OF DOLCE&GABBANA
An introspective podcast series, following the most iconic and inescapably Italian elements of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana‘s universe. The Molto Italiano podcast discusses their connection to their country, the world of cinema, art, and culture.
The podcast explores the impact of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Italian culture and beyond.
Each episode provides a chronological timeline on the overall brand’s journey–from their undergarments, use of the color black to tank tops, and Sicilian carts.
Notable author and journalist Silvia Nucini, alongside Isabella Rossellini, an acclaimed film and fashion icon, share their perspectives about the D&G empire.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana reveal the inspiration behind their vision from inception to the present day. Each episode celebrates craftsmanship while encompassing art and culture.
Ep. 1 The Brassiere
Heavily influenced by Italy’s neorealist cinema, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been dressing women in black, austere shapewear for years. Moderated by Isabella Rossellini, we discover the birth of this garment – it simultaneously exudes a temperate level of eroticism while symbolizing motherhood and sensuality.
French fashion historian Florence Müller explains the first century of the brassiere, while Sicilian writer Nadia Terranova shares her memories, from rites of passage to family life.
Ep. 2 Black
The color black has many meanings and is paradoxical. It’s the color Sicilian women wear during mourning, yet it’s also synonymous with elegance. It’s a symbol of power and humility. It’s important to have a black item in one’s wardrobe. And it’s also a must-have for fashion designers.
Isabella Rossellini leads the audience through the discovery of one of the main colors of Dolce&Gabbana, weaving ancient stories and traditions. With contributions from the Academy Award-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore, English journalist Suzy Menkes, and American historian Carmela Spinelli.
Ep. 3: The Tank Top
The tank top is a straightforward, everyday outfit that is considered to be very Italian. Its popularity has been transformed by the world of film. Guido Bonsaver, professor at the University of Oxford, and Rebecca Bauman, associate professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, tell Isabella Rossellini about the first tank tops in films from the 1940s to the 1950s. Along with its evolution within the world of action movie heroines.
Director Giuseppe Tornatore shares his thoughts on what the images mean to him, while Suzy Menkes speaks about the authentic Italian style of Dolce&Gabbana.
Ep. 4: The Sicilian Cart
Reducing Sicilian carts to mere vehicles is reductive. These carts are so rich in color and decorations that, according to Marianna Gatto of the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles, they’re best described as a “walking book.” For the painter from Palermo, Gianfranco Fiore (who decorates these carts), they represent the most popular, creative, and imaginative soul of the Sicilian people. Isabella Rossellini speaks with Gatto and Fiore about history, traditions, and memories. In addition, she converses with the German photographer Juergen Teller.
In this episode, the audience discovers how Dolce&Gabbana manages to inject a new life into the cart and how it carries over to fashion, design, and furnishing. Finally, it begins to represent high-quality Italian craftsmanship.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Silvia Nucini is a journalist and author. After 20 years as a Sr. Writer and Features Editor at Vanity Fair Italia, she now collaborates with several publications and hosts a weekly podcast.
Molto Italiano is a Chora Media series for Dolce&Gabbana.
Narrated by Isabella Rossellini, written by Silvia Nucini, and adapted by John Vincent. Story editing by Sara Poma; D&G Senior Account Producer, Anna Nenna; and D&G research and production assistant, Francesca Bottenghi. The New York-based producer is Guglielmo Mattioli. Voice actors: Vincenzo Tripodo, Fabrizio Matteini, Michael Loos, Rosita Martini, Andrea Galatà. Recorded by Charles De Montebello at CDM Studios in New York. Tape sync recordings by: Pierluigi Papaiz, Michele Boreggi, Azzurra Stirpe, Hugo Hannoun. Original music, post-production, and sound design by Andrea Girelli; post-production assistant, Guido Bertolotti. Music supervision by Luca Micheli. Additional music by Machiavelli Music and Universal Music Publishing Recording.
ABOUT CHORA MEDIA
MOLTO ITALIANO is the first podcast series produced by CHORA MEDIA. Established in 2020, this Italian podcast company was conceived by Guido Maria Brera, Mario Gianani, Roberto Zanco, and Mario Calabresi. Designed for an international audience and produced in English, it is available for free on Spotify, Apple, Spreaker, and Google Podcasts.