Famous fashion designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to serve 18 months in prison. Dolce and Gabbana stood trial for alleged tax evasion regarding the sales of both their Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands back in 2004, and were given a prison sentence back in June of last year. It was thought for a time by some that the two would be acquitted when they appealed the initial verdict. However, the three judge panel that reviewed Dolce and Gabbana’s case still found them guilty of the crime after all, which has resulted in a mandatory 18 month-long prison sentence.
The prison sentence is ultimately a result of the famous fashion designer duo being found guilty of neglecting to pay the Italian government $40 million they owed it in taxes last year. Additionally, the two men are now required to pay a 500,000 euro fine to the government as well for this. However, despite the guilty charge and their appeal not being successful the first time around, the two designers still want to take the appeal one step higher – to the country’s Supreme Court. A lawyer for the case said that the case will now be appealed to the country of Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation.
Things may look bleak for the two fashion designers right now, but Dolce and Gabbana has not always had hard times like these. The company enjoyed a great amount of success and prominence in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, making its name as one of the most important, well-respected, and well-known luxury industry fashion houses in the world. The brand launched many different lines of apparel and accessories, along with several popular fragrances. The fashion designer duo spent a good portion of the early 2000s working with celebrities as well, helping them with wardrobe and costuming. For example, Dolce & Gabbana assisted pop super-star Madonna in creating costumes for her 2001 tour to promote her album released in 2000. The company also designed costumes in the early 2000s for the international tours of other stars as well, including singers like Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, and Missy Elliot. Additionally, it also costumed singers Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue. The fashion design company has been awarded multiple honors for its different lines, some of which included a sports inspired mens line, a bridal line, multiple sets of perfumes, knitwear and beachwear.
The famous fashion designer duo is accused of tax evasion in Italy in 2004, for their D&G product line. D&G and Dolce & Gabbana were the two central lines of the company for an extended period of time, until Dolce and Gabbana decided it would be a better decision to merge these two lines in order to strengthen the business. The two have been sentenced to prison for an alleged tax evasion in 2004, which was the period of time in which the company enjoyed an extremely high rate of success both financially and commercially. Dolce and Gabbana’s turnover was 597 million euros right around that time in 2005.
By Laura Clark
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