One of the industry’s most surprising and talked-about appointment, Alessandro Michele was announced as Gucci’s new creative director in January 2015. With the strong support of Marco Bizzarri , the label’s CEO and president, Michele has been given free reign to bring his idiosyncratic sense of vintage style to the Italian fashion house.
Alessandro Michele was born in Rome, where he grew up with an instinctive appreciation of the visual thanks to his mother’s love of cinema and his father’s interest in sculpture. As a teenager he took part in the vibrant youth culture of post-punk Europe and his interest in street style lives on in his designs today.
After studying costume design at Rome’s Academy of Costume and Fashion he joined the Italian knitwear brand Les Copains. Then Michele began to work under Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi at Fendi, where in the late 1990s he helped the firm achieve great results with its leather goods. Tom Ford hired him to design bags for Gucci in 2002, where he has been working ever since, becoming associate designer to Frida Giannini in 2011, before being invited to take up his current post.
His highly original vision was recognised less than a year into his new job by the British Fashion Council , which awarded Alessandro the 2015 International Designer Award at the British Fashion Awards. And in 2016, he was awarded the International Award by the CFDA ‘for his creative contribution to the international fashion stage’, and the British GQ Designer of the Year Award.
Responsible for all of Gucci’s collections, product categories and the company’s global brand image, Alessandro's unique understanding and appreciation of the historical codes of the House, combined with his contemporary sensibility, has created a compelling new narrative for the brand