Domenico Dolce, “Campioni – Fotografie”

Domenico Dolce

Part of iconic design duo Dolce & Gabbana, is currently awaiting the exhibition of his black and white imagery which will also be released in a book entitled Campioni – Fotografie by Domenico Dolce.

The designer explained why he chose to picture young soccer players and revealed he is a big sports enthusiast.

“It was a great emotion, the realization of a dream. This book joined my love for photography with my love for sports,” he told WWD. “I’m not a big sportsman, unfortunately… far from it, because I never have time. But, on the other hand, I am very passionate about sports… I chose soccer players because I have always considered them today’s icons. In this instance, I wanted to look to the future. I imagined, for every young athlete that I had in front of me, a story, where each was the protagonist. I had kids in front of me aged 15 to 24 — the future of soccer. Extraordinary young men, who let themselves be searched by my gaze and who accepted to play this game of photos.”

Domenico also revealed how his photography project came to be.

The sartorial star explained that his love of the art form stems from his childhood, when he used to dream about the life ahead of him.

“When I was a child, I spent my time fantasizing, creating images within me. I’ve always done it, ever since I was very young: to imagine places and things that I had never seen. That was my way to think of tomorrow, of things that I already sensed: I wanted a different life, which Polizzi Generosa, the town where I was born, could not guarantee. So I stayed there, dreaming of my future,” he said. “I did it with open eyes, because our eyes are the doors to imagination. Now that I think about it, I have always compared the eyes to the mouth: they must be nurtured. And images are their nourishment. That’s where my passion for photography stems from.”