Alessandro Michele’s unique understanding and appreciation of
the historical codes of Gucci, married with his modern take on romanticism, have created a compelling new narrative for the venerable Italian brand.
By Hassan Al-Saleh
Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci, has emerged as a polymath of the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, leading a fashion Renaissance in an era of cultural change. Beauty and the awareness of individuality are the epicenter of his movement with a renewed desire to unravel the axioms of aesthetics and restore proper value to craftsmanship and artisanship.
Since taking the reins of the storied house in January 2015, Michele has re-established the luxury house’s position as a truly directional fashion label by not only presenting gender-redefining collections that are built seamlessly as a ‘continuum,’ regardless of season but by introducing a plethora of creative collaborations that showcase the poetic reinvention of the Gucci brand.
Alessandro Michele has captivated the world with his grand eclectic vision. A man with a beautiful mind who lives in his own creative world and has made the Gucci affair both fascinating and irresistible without loosing mainstream appeal.
“I always try to translate the beauty of the brand in a different language. I can't resist the idea of creating another story from the very beginning. Its time for this brand to tell another story and change everything.”
- Alessandro Michele
A champion of the romantic and historical, his stewardship has been a wonderful flurry of the two infused with retro codes and eccentric maximalism.
Portrait by Kevin Tachman. Images by Ronan Gallagher courtesy of Gucci.