Gucci Fall-Winter 2018-19 Milan. Alessandro Michele titled his Gucci show “Cyborg” after Donna Haraway’s 1984 essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto”. “We are the Dr. Frankenstein of our lives”, he said. “She describes the relationship between being and becoming… I am a lover of the divine. I would celebrate the gods of Olympus rather than our Catholic sanctities”, he said.
Alessandro Michele’s work is best understood via a grounding in Catholicism. And he manifested that people can be the parents of dragons. Models with the heads in their hands “represented the struggle… all the teenagers make, even people my own age, trying to develop their personality, to nourish their mind deeply”, he said.
His job is like that of a surgeon, “cutting, assembling, experimenting on the operating table.” Whether your typical gallbladder patient wants the surgeon to go experimental under the lights — beside the point. For Michele, the hospital shtick spoke to his imposition of order on perceived confusion. “Doing my job [is] a strange path… in my mind at least, I have a scientific and clinic clarity on what I do”, he said.
Michele declared “being and becoming” theme of his new colelction as another the cultural moment. This collection neither timely or timeless, but rather independent of time, which exists in its own glory.
This is no longer “mix and match” but “surgically” insert one cultural piece into another, and make it live. Metamorphosis, craft and madness, a cross-cultural, pan-gender, archetype-inclusive with piled-on embroidered, bejeweled, tweeded, argyled, scarf-printed, fringed, babushka-ed and turbaned overstatement.