Alessandro Michele is stepping down as Creative Director of Gucci. The Italian fashion designer has been with the House since January 21st, 2015, and revived the brand’s popularity.
There are times when paths part ways because of the different perspectives each one of us may have. Today an extraordinary journey ends for me, lasting more than twenty years, within a company to which I have tirelessly dedicated all my love and creative passion. During this long period Gucci has been my home, my adopted family. To this extended family, to all the individuals who have looked after and supported it, I send my most sincere thanks, my biggest and most heartfelt embrace. Together with them I have wished, dreamed, imagined. Without them, none of what I have built would have been possible. To them goes my most sincerest wish: may you continue to cultivate your dreams, the subtle and intangible matter that makes life worth living. May you continue to nourish yourselves with poetic and inclusive imagery, remaining faithful to your values. May you always live by your passions, propelled by the wind of freedom. – Alessandro Michele
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Alessandro at the end of 2014, since then we have had the pleasure to work closely together as Gucci has charted its successful path over these last eight years. I would like to thank him for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci and for his vision, devotion, and unconditional love for this unique House during his tenure as Creative Director. – Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci
In January 2015, Alessandro Michele was asked to reshape Frida Giannini’s original designs for the January menswear show. During a week, the designer introduced a “new Gucci: nonconformist, romantic, intellectual” and two days later, Kering appointed him as creative director of Gucci. A month later, Michele introduced a “sophisticated, intellectual and androgynous feel” for Gucci during his first women’s collection show. The designer reintroduced Gucci classics including the double-G logo and added a dramatic Renaissance component to the brand’s style. In 2019, Alessandro Michele revived Gucci’s Beauty collection and the brand launched its first fine jewelry collection, which he designed.
The road that Gucci and Alessandro walked together over the past years is unique and will remain as an outstanding moment in the history of the House. I am grateful to Alessandro for bringing so much of himself in this adventure. His passion, his imagination, his ingenuity and his culture put Gucci center stage, where its place is. I wish him a great next chapter in his creative journey. – François-Henri Pinault, Chairman & CEO of Kering
Gucci’s design office will carry the direction of the House until a new creative organization will be revealed.
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