Gucci’s Alessandro Michele injects soul into each outfit
Gucci’s Alessandro Michele seeks to inject an element of soul or character into each outfit he creates.
The Italian designer was appointed Creative Director of Gucci in 2015, and is responsible for the luxury brand’s collections and global image.
With his pretty but not overtly sexy dresses, silk pantsuits and floral embellished accessories, Michele has widely been credited with revitalising the Florence-based company. And the designer doesn’t deny his work has a theatrical side, which is due to his background in costume design and studies at Rome’s Accademia di Costume e di Moda.
“I think that I still work like a costume designer,” he told The New Yorker. “I try to put some soul in the outfit—the idea of a character.”
Michele’s clothes don’t isolate a silhouette or time period, and instead draw on the time he spent exploring flea markets, museums, and archives of European cities. But he singles out London, and the post-punk, New Romantic street style he saw in British magazines as a teenager as a major fascination.
“The first time I went to London, when I was eighteen or nineteen, I was completely in love,” he said, adding that he lived in the city for four years until 2006. “I was shocked by the way the English guys and girls dressed.”
With his success has come a growing profile, and Michele is cultivating a strong list of followers on social media. But unlike some people in the public eye, the designer claims he doesn’t regret his loss of privacy.
“I feel that, as an artist, the big point is to share, and to let people think about what you are showing,” he explained. “Sharing isn’t anything that scares me. My house, my life, my way to live, for me is kind of a masterpiece.”