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PHOTOGRAPHY DOMENICO DOLCE

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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

PHOTOGRAPHY DOMENICO DOLCE
TEXT DEREK BLASBERG

LEGENDARY DESIGNER DOMENICO DOLCE GETS BEHIND THE CAMERA TO CAPTURE TODAY’S TOP SOCCER STARS

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been dressing the world’s most renowned athletes for more than two decades. And undressing them. Their images of three-piece- suited and swimsuit-clad hunks in everything from campaign images to paparazzi photos have set the standard for sporty and stylish. So it’s only logical that the duo would combine their passion for fashion and sports in a new book this fall from Rizzoli titled Campioni, Italian for “champion.” It’s a very personal project for Dolce, who photographed the images himself. “I have been a big soccer fan since I was a little boy,” he explains. “I admire the athletes for their discipline and devotion.” The book presents soccer players exclusively, shot on a simple white background, because Dolce wanted the images to be less about the setting and more about the personalities of the men themselves. “The guys were the real surprise of this project,” he says. “When they stood in front of the lens, they seemed to be actors. Their looks came naturally and spontaneously, and they had no problem posing.” Most fulfilling for the designer-turned-photographer and his footballers-turned-models was the interchangeability of fashion, photography, and athleticism they discovered—Dolce says the three converged organically in front of his camera. “I wanted my pictures to speak to the heart, to the most secret part of both the subject and the viewer. This is an area that only one key could access: love.”

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