What we know about new Gucci head Alessandro Michele

Gucci's new creative director was virtually unknown outside the brand before this week. Here's the little that we do know

By Andrea Tim | Published: 22 Jan 2015

Who is Alessandro?
Photo: Ronan Gallagher/Gucci

Even Marco Bizzarri, Gucci's new CEO, admits it. "Looking from outside, it's not the most obvious choice," he says. He's referring to the appointment of Alessandro Michele as creative director of the Italian fashion house, of course.

It's still early on, so the creative mind behind the long hair and unshaven face remains a mystery to many. Here's what we do know about the 42-year-old designer.

1. Alessandro studied at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome.

2. Before his Gucci days, he was Fendi's senior accessories designer.

3. He and Gucci go way back, having joined then-creative director Tom Ford's design office in 2002.

4. Alessandro was named Leather Goods Design Director in 2006, putting him in charge of shoes and bags, among other pieces.

5. He was promoted to the role of Frida Giannini's associate in May 2011.

6. In September 2014, Alessandro became creative director of Richard Ginori, Gucci's porcelain brand. (Yes, they do porcelain too.)

7. Frida was asked to leave earlier than expected ahead of the Milan menswear show, so Alessandro and the Gucci menswear team revamped the entire collection.

8. The menswear show used music from Tom Ford's film A Single Man, as Alessandro presented a very androgynous collection (a hark back to Tom's sexier creative direction, perhaps?).

9. He took his first bow at the menswear show, but the women's AW15 ready-to-wear show on 25 February will be considered Alessandro's first official Gucci collection, according to a statement.

Gucci AW15 menswear (Photo: Getty Images)

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