Male model David Gandy is a British Fashion Council ambassador and a Vogue.co.uk columnist. The model is best known for his work with Dolce & Gabbana fragrance advertisements. In 2006, he became the face of Dolce & Gabbana, annually starring in their apparel campaigns and fashion shows through to 2011. He is still a close friend of the designers and the house.
Gandy's breakout moment came with the 2007 Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue" fragrance commercial, co-starring Marija Vujovic and shot by photographer Mario Testino . The advertisement received 11 million hits online and saw a 50-foot billboard of him displayed in Times Square in New York. He modelled for the designers’ 2008 calendar, shot by photographer Mariano Vivanco . Gandy returned as the face of the second "Light Blue" fragrance campaign for 2010, but this time with Anna Jagodzinska. He also made a short promotional film for W Hotels with Helena Christensen called "Away We Stay".
In 2011, the fashion house published "David Gandy by Dolce & Gabbana", a 280-page photographic coffee table book of images chronicling their years of collaboration. That same year, Gandy shot four magazine covers and five fashion editorial photoshoots. In 2012, he was featured on 16 magazine covers, 18 fashion editorials and modelled for Banana Republic , Lucky Brand Jeans, El Palacio de Hierro and Marks & Spencer.
In 2013, Dolce & Gabbana released the third version of the “Light Blue” fragrance campaign again featuring Gandy. Once again, Mario Testino filmed the commercial on location in the island of Capri, southern Italy but this time with Italian model Bianca Balti in the female role. That same year Bionda Castana, a British shoe label, released a fashion film featuring Gandy called "David Gandy's Goodnight." In it, he seduces several women who discover later that he has stolen their shoes.
Before graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a marketing degree, Gandy's flatmate entered him (without his knowledge) into a modelling competition on the UK's "This Morning" programme. The 21 year-old Gandy won the competition, which included a contract with Select Model Management in London. Whilst emerging as a model, Gandy chose to buck the overarching trend of slight and ultra slim models, propagated primarily by Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme, choosing instead to build his frame to present an athletic figure.
During the early years of his career, Gandy modelled for a variety of companies including: Shiatzy Chen, 7 for all Mankind, Zara, Gant U.S.A., Hugo Boss , Russell & Bromley, H&M , Carolina Herrera , Massimo Dutti and others.