The world is romantic, dreamy, sensual, and almost cinematic. Enter Roman-born Alessandro Michele, as he presents his vision of now. Contemporize the past, celebrate the freedom of expression. Be bold. Be eclectic.
Born to parents who love cinema and sculpture, it is no surprise that Alessandro Michele has an instinctive appreciation of visual. His aesthetics eluded glimpses into his teen years when he was interested in street style and participated in the vibrant youth culture of post-punk Europe.
Michele studied at Rome’s Academy of Costume and Fashion, before his first stint at Italian knitwear brand Les Copains. But it was following his successful tenure in the late 1990s at Fendi, when he worked with Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini, that he was talent hunted by Tom Ford to design bags for Gucci in 2002.
The rest is history, as Michele became associate designer to Frida in 2011, Creative Director for Richard Ginori in 2014, and appointed Creative Director for Gucci on 21st January 2015.
It is clear that Michele’s new narrative for the brand is a compelling one. One that builds on his unique understanding, appreciation and respect for the historical codes of the House, yet advocated in a contemporary tone and vision.
This new original vision was honoured by the British Fashion Council, less than a year into his appointment, as the Council awarded Michele the 2015 International Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards.
The CFDA has also subsequently awarded him the International Award, for his “creative contribution to the international fashion stage”.
So if what is fashion to Michele? Fashion is about an attitude, it is about the individual.
And here we quote Michele on individuality:
“The way you dress is really the way you feel, the way you live, what you read, your choices. That’s what I want to put into Gucci.”