When gearing up for a Gucci show, we can of course expect all things glitzy and glamorous when it comes to the clothes that are paraded out for the star-studded array of onlookers always in attendance. But what we can also expect is a collection of depth and poetic meaning. Unveiling Gucci‘s Cosmogonie show, this is exactly what Alessandro Michele gave us.
Taking to the idyllic coastal region of Italy, Puglia, the house put on a show that looked to honour the ingenious teachings of German philosopher, Walter Benjamin. After his untimely passing in the 40s, the intellectual’s friend, Hannah Arendt, published a love letter to Benjamin that propelled his teachings to the forefront of the intellectual sphere, a sentiment that is confirmed when Michele describes the man in question as ‘a collector of quotations’. And, one of his most profound quotations regarding the extraterrestrial wonders of the world goes as follows: “It’s not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation”. And, this is where Michele draws his inspiration from. This constant tension between the past and the present is a relationship of beauty and this is what Gucci has looked to honour in the timeless, era-transcending collection that is Cosmogonie.