UPDATE Gucci and Kering are have announced the appointment of Alessandro Michele as Gucci's new creative director with total creative responsibility for all of Gucci's collections and its brand image. Alessandro's first collection in his new role will be for women’s ready-to-wear for Autumn/Winter 2015-16 to be presented on February 25, in Milan.
Alessandro Michele, studied at Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome and joined Fendi as Senior Accessories Designer. He moved to Gucci’s Design Office in 2002, assuming growing responsibilities within the Creative Department until he was promoted to the role of Associate to the Creative Director Frida Giannini in May 2011. In September 2014, he took on the additional responsibility as Creative Director of Richard Ginori, the renowned Italian fine porcelain brand that Gucci acquired in June 2013.
Commenting on the appointment, Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said, “After a considered and thorough selection process, Alessandro Michele has been chosen to assume the role as Gucci Creative Director, based upon the contemporary vision he has articulated for the brand that he will now bring to life.”
Added François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, stated: “Alessandro Michele has both the qualities and the vision necessary to bring a new contemporary perspective to Gucci and lead the brand into an exciting new creative chapter of its history.”