Michele also has famously dressed Billie Eilish, Florence Welch and the Italian rock band Maneskin on its current tour. And he recently unveiled a collection designed with Harry Styles.
For his last runway collection, unveiled in September, Michele constructed a parallel universe of side-by-side shows separated by a wall that when lifted revealed twins in identical looks in synchronic stride. The reveal of the 68 sets of identically dressed twins left normally jaded fashionistas confessing they had been brought to tears.
Michele joined Gucci in 2002, becoming an associate to the creative director in May 2011. In 2014, he was named creative director of the Richard Ginori porcelain brand, owned by Gucci. He formerly worked as a senior accessories designer at Fendi and studied at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome.
Gucci chief executive and president, Marco Bizzarri, thanked Michele “for his 20 years of commitment to Gucci, and for his vision, devotion and unconditional love for this unique house.”
“The road that Gucci and Alessandro walked together over the past years is unique and will remain as an outstanding moment in the history of the house,” Pinault said in a statement.
Gucci said the in-house design team would take over the collections until a new creative director is named.
“To them goes my most sincerest wish: may you continue to cultivate your dreams, the subtle and intangible matter that makes life worth living,” Michele said in his farewell statement.
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