Humanitas and Dolce&Gabbana: science and fashion fly together hand in hand

On 15th July, Humanitas hosted Dolce&Gabbana’s fashion show in the grounds of the university campus, for the presentation of their Men’s Spring-Summer 2021 Collection.

As part of the Digital Fashion Week in Milan, the event was streamed live and it took place with all the necessary health precautions, in the presence of about 260 guests and with the live performance of Il Volo.

Scientific research and high fashion: two worlds apart coming together for a good cause

The collaboration between the Milanese fashion house and Humanitas University has already started a while ago, with Dolce&Gabbana sponsoring 3 scholarships for the MEDTEC degree course. The two stylists Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have always been willing to help scientific research. During the past lockdown, they have been able to raise funds to support the work of Professor Alberto Mantovani, immunologist, scientific director of Humanitas and Emeritus Professor at Humanitas University, giving life to an event which seemed impossible only a few months ago: showcasing their menswear collection in one of the most symbolic places of research on Covid-19.

It was a very important signal that Dolce&Gabbana wanted to give to the world, demonstrating that two very distant realities, such as science and fashion, together can actually achieve something extraordinary by creating a “new young consciousness”.

Here are the words of Prof. Marco Montorsi, Rector of Humanitas University: “Dolce&Gabbana has been our partner for more than a year, among the first to support our students of the MEDTEC School degree course with 3 scholarships. They continued to support the research of Humanitas and Humanitas University also during the Covid-19 pandemic with multiple initiatives. Therefore, we have decided to work together again on this project, which not surprisingly falls at a very special moment for the University, the summer session of the graduation ceremony. After Franco Vassallo’s concert, which has been the very first step of restart, we have continued with this special initiative. ”

After the show, Prof. Alberto Mantovani wanted to thank the two stylists for their project: “It was February when we – thanks to the support of Dolce&Gabbana – started a research program aimed at clarifying the immune system’s responses to Coronavirus. Four months later, we have contributed to a much better understanding of the disease, carrying out studies on immunity and genetics to analyse the factors that influence the susceptibility to infection, the severity of the clinical course of the disease, and the greater severity of the symptoms observed in some patients. We also mapped the real spread of the virus among the professionals of our Lombard hospitals, through serological tests aimed at identifying IgG antibodies in response to SARS-CoV-2. Beyond what is still to be discovered on Coronavirus, today more than ever we know that doing research is the best way to look ahead and be prepared. And this challenge is not a solo ascent, but a roped ascent in which each of us can contribute to reaching the summit “.


Humanitas is a highly specialized Hospital, Research and Teaching Center. Built around centers for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, neurological and orthopedic disease – together with an Ophthalmic Center and a Fertility Center – Humanitas also operates a highly specialised Emergency Department.