It's an early morning in September and, as staff trickles into Dolce & Gabbana's Milan headquarters, Stefano Gabbana sits at his desk, scrolling through the Italian brand's Twitter account. Along with his daily caffeine fix, tweeting has become essential to the designer's morning routine, providing a direct link to the label's followers. After a moment, he settles on a message that's positively sweet.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"