Alessandro Michele is an Italian fashion designer. In January 2015, he was appointed creative director of Gucci, the Italian fashion luxury house where he had been working since 2002.
Alessandro Michele grew up in Rome. His father was an Alitalia technician, and his mother an assistant to a movie executive.
In the early 1990s, Alessandro Michele completed his studies of fashion design at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome, where he learned to design both theatrical costumes and fashion wear.
In 1994, Alessandro Michele left Rome to work in Les Copains, an Italian knitwear firm based in Bologna. Three years later, he joined Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld at luxury house Fendi. He worked with Frida Giannini and was appointed senior accessories designer, in charge of the brand’s leather goods.
In 2002, Tom Ford, Gucci’s creative director from 1994 to 2004, invited Alessandro Michele to work at the firm’s London-based design office. He was originally in charge of the company’s handbag designs. In 2006, Alessandro Michele was named senior designer of Gucci leather goods, and in 2011, he was promoted associate creative director to Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci since 2005. In 2014, the Italian designer also became creative director of Richard Ginori, the Florentine porcelain brand acquired by Gucci in June 2013.
In January 2015, Marco Bizzarri asked Alessandro Michele to act as interim creative designer for the January menswear show, giving him a week to reshape Frida Giannini’s original designs. Michele accepted the challenge and introduced a “new Gucci: nonconformist, romantic, intellectual”. Two days later, Kering appointed Alessandro Michele creative director of Gucci, with the goal to reinvent Gucci’s props amid deflating sales. A month later, Michele introduced a “sophisticated, intellectual and androgynous feel” for Gucci during his first women’s collection show.
In 2016, for the Gucci Museum in Florence, Alessandro Michele curated two additional rooms dedicated to Tom Ford’s collections. Since the 2018 opening of the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in New York, Michele seasonally contributes to the curation of the shop’s items. In October 2018, he co-curated with Maurizio Cattelan the 2-month Gucci art exhibition “The Artist is Present” in Shanghai.
In 2019, Alessandro Michele revived Gucci’s Beauty collection, and Gucci launched its first fine jewelry collection, which he designed.
Alessandro Michele is 50 years old (birth date November 25, 1972).
Alessandro Michele was born in Rome, Italy.