Since the beginning of his tenure at Gucci, Alessandro Michele’s aesthetic has been noted for its youthful appeal.
The latest celebrity to join Michele’s merry band of devotees is 79-year-old acting legend Vanessa Redgrave, who stars in the brand’s just-released Resort 2017 ads.
Photographed by Glen Luchford, the campaign references the collection’s British inspiration with images of the models on the grounds and in the interior of Chatsworth (the grand sixteenth century home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in Derbyshire), surrounded by chickens and dogs.
Styled by Joe McKenna, the campaign includes models Hannelore Knuts, Ellen de Weer, Sophia Friesen, Nika Cole, Dwight Hoogendijk, Nick Fortna, Conner Rowson and Victor Kusma.
Do note this: Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele is an Anglophile, demonstrated in his Cruise 2017 collection which was a “love letter to England.” Models walked through the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey (the first time a fashion show has ever been permitted to take place there) in Union Jack jumpers, headscarves and tartan kilts, which riffed off the Queen’s Balmoral look.
In the colorful images, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele juxtaposed younger punkish characters with Redgrave and the stately mansion and its grounds.
The ads will break on October 1st. Keep an eye on them!
And remember: Vanessa Redgrave landed her first role in 1957, and has appeared in more than 70 films, won an Oscar, Tony, Bafta Golden Globe, and SAG award, and was described as the “greatest actress of our time” by Tennessee Williams. She is the perfect person to wear Gucci’s very British collection not only because she is a national treasure, but because she also has her own history with the fashion house. In the 1966 film Blow-Up her character Jane carries a small Gucci handbag with a bamboo top handle – a style which was later revived by Frida Giannini, the former creative director at Gucci.