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Dolce & Gabbana: Milan fashion show’s unlikely champions of diversity

It would be hard to make a case for Dolce Gabbana as being politically correct. The designers have defended Melania Trump’s choice of a $51,000 jacket, called IVF babies “synthetic”, and been accused of fat-shaming and cultural appropriation. Yet they have become Milan fashion week’s greatest champions of diversity.

The veteran Italian actors Monica Bellucci and Isabella Rossellini, the plus-size model Ashley Graham, and Emma Weymouth, the first black viscountess in Britain, were included in a model line-up that celebrated glamour beyond the catwalk norm.



Emma Weymouth walks the runway at the Dolce Gabbana Milan fashion week show. Photograph: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

But this being Dolce Gabbana, the core message was less about politics or ethics than it was a reminder that pretty much everyone looks incredible in a beautifully-constructed black lace cocktail dress, or a tailored evening suit, or layers of floral or leopard print tulle draped over a bodiced slip. Which, funnily enough, are exactly the clothes that Dolce Gabbana do brilliantly.



The US model Ashley Graham walks the runway at the Dolce Gabbana show. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

If Ralph Lauren sells the American dream, Dolce Gabbana touts the Italian one, with red roses and gold Madonnas, tablecloth-bright fruit prints and sultry black lace.



Same-sex couples and a bride who wore trainers and headphones were showcased at the Dolce Gabbana show. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

This was showcased on a broad range of characters: same-sex couples, babies in arms, a bride who wore white trainers under her frothy gown and gold headphones instead of a tiara. On the soundtrack was Luciano Pavarotti singing La Traviata, but the rapper Cardi B was guest of honour on the front row.

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