When in Rome, do as Gucci does: Creative director Alessandro Michele’s choice of the Capitoline Museums for his Cruise 20/20 show was no accident, Penny McCormick reports …
Saoirse Ronan was one of the many actresses on the front row including Zoe Saldana and Salma Hayek, when Gucci’s Cruise Show 20/20 wove its way around the Capitoline Museum – officially one of the oldest museum complexes in the world.
Overlooking the Forum, it houses Roman, Medieval and Renaissance artefacts. Most famously it houses the bronze she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus, which are so emblematic of the Italian capital.
The choice of location underlines Michele’s love of the past and also provided a clue to his childhood. Apparently his father took him there as a boy.
Togas, tunics and nuns habits were all referenced in the collection as well as … Mickey Mouse motifs. The Walt Disney character is never out of fashion, it seems, and the inclusion was further proof that kitsch is cool, especially in Michele’s hands.
But the collection also had an important message. Some pieces were adorned with the slogan “My body, my choice” while others featured the date “May 22, 1978” when abortion was legalised in Italy, or were embroidered in the image of female reproductive organs.
Pro-choice, provocative and theatrical, it was vintage Gucci. I also noted several shades of green on the catwalk – from emerald to moss. Perhaps Ireland beckons next …
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