Dolce & Gabbana Releases A Conciliatory, LGBT-Friendly Collection
Last year the designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce found themselves in hot water over remarks they made about gay families, specifically that “synthetic children” and “wombs for hire” did not convince them. However, after releasing a sneak peek of their visibly LGBT-friendly collection yesterday, it appears the designers are trying to make amends.
Shortly after making those controversial statements last year, Domenico did apologize, saying, “I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids. You don’t need labels, baby labels.” Perhaps these new designs are the designers’ attempt to make sure their apologies really get heard. Behold, the #dgfamily line.
Next Thursday Italian politicians are expected to vote on a proposal that would legally recognize same-sex civil unions and, in certain cases, extend parent rights to couples in these unions. Although their spokesperson has not yet responded to questions about whether the preview of their collection is at all tied to the upcoming vote, considering the timing, it’s unlikely that this isn’t an attempt to at least create a political buzz, raise awareness, and show their support. For the upcoming line, Dolce & Gabbana have created a collection of embroidered t-shirts and handbags that celebrate a diverse range of families. They are set to be in stores soon, and will hopefully be worn in celebration of a new chapter for Italian LGBT families.
Images by Domenico Dolce and via @stefanogabbana on Instagram.
Stayed tuned to Milk for more embroidered activism.