Alessandro Michele trained at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome. It’s no surprise then that his aesthetic is so reminiscent of the Renaissance, always referencing art history with a nod to glamour. His work has been described as neo-romantic and hybrid, crossing influences from streetwear and Taylorism, two know-hows that are at the core of Gucci’s identity. After graduating, the Roman-born designer began working for Fendi and later joined Gucci to work closely with Frida Giannini, who was the house’s artistic director at the time. In 2014, Michele’s appointment was both a surprise and a no-brainer. An avid antique collector, Michele infused Gucci with his very strong creative identity. His first men’s collection was designed – and mastered – in 5 days, with fashion week starting very shortly after his appointment. From 2014 to November 2022, Michele built Gucci into one of Kering’s most profitable and promising brands, with a focus on sustainability (eliminating the use of fur, for example) and inclusivity (promoting androgyny through his friends and brand ambassadors Harry Styles and Jared Leto). Michele definitely left a glowing mark on Gucci’s history, and was universally acclaimed when he stepped down as Gucci’s creative director in 2022.
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