It's Official, Alessandro Michele Is Leaving Gucci
After a 20-year run with the century-old label, Alessandro officially exits as Gucci's Creative Director.
Today, Gucci sees its Creative Director Alessandro Michele step down from his titular title in the Italian fashion house. In 2015, Alessandro was pulled out of anonymity working then as an associate creative director for the brand until he was handed the most important role of being Gucci’s Creative Director.
To say that he made waves in his position is still an understatement. Having started in 2002 as a handbag designer for Gucci, eventually taking the role of senior designer of Gucci leather goods in 2006, accepting his promotion as associate creative director to Frida Giannini in 2011, and finally taking over the post as creative director in 2015, Alessandro's longstanding relationship with Gucci is one for the books.
What he started was a movement where fashion can be obscure but fun, eclectic but welcoming. He forged a culture where self-expression was encouraged by way of his geek-chic aesthetic, with a spectrum ranging from goth to mythical creatures. Everybody was welcomed. Alessandro is all about the romance but in a non-conforming way. With his tenure changed the game in fashion. Apart from Gucci reaching incredible heights business-wise, the House became all the more desirable.
During his time in Gucci, Alessandro dressed stars with a cult-status including Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Florence Welch, Dakota Johnson, IU, and more. Alessandro really took the brand to a whole another level when it comes to red carpet dominance and memorable runway shows.
With the world Alessandro created over at Gucci, people were allowed to be fantastical, where gender flowed like water but in a fashion that works for you. What he symbolizes in the industry is that pure talent trumps hype and clout. The question then remains, what is next for Gucci and where is Alessandro Michele of to next?