Dolce And Gabbana Advertising Analysis

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Dolce and Gabbana is a high-end Italian clothing company that was founded by Stefano Gabbana in 1985 targeting women primarily, famous for their superior sartorial content. It was not until 1990 that menswear collections started to appear and made its entrance in Dolce and Gabbana stores. In 2007, Dolce and Gabbana released their spring/summer ready-to-wear collection that targeted individuals in the upper class who wanted to dress casually but still feel expensive. This advertisement caused controversy amongst women about objectification. However, the advertisement also targets the social group of men being represented as dominant, powerful and in control in order to sell clothes and the idea of confidence through wearing Dolce and Gabbana clothes. This advertisement includes four men and one woman who are all wearing Dolce and Gabbana clothes. Two of the men are shirtless with oiled bodies, showing off their muscular body type, which is considered to be the ideal male body type. This causes the men viewing the advertisement wanting to be like them. Beauty standards are just as important in the male society as the female society, just that it is more emphasized in the female society. The other two men are fully dressed, but still fit into the ideal male body type of muscularity. The man in the center is positioned over the woman which further enhances his muscles, but also portrays his dominance over the woman. This is shown by the woman’s hands pinned down against the

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