If fashion has always been marked by politics to varying degrees, thus more or less directly provoking the established order and mentalities, the artistic director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, once again clearly played the card of engagement with its new Gucci Cruise 2020 fashion show, presented this week at the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
Alessandro Michele dedicated his new Gucci collection to women’s rights
The Italian designer has in fact chosen to dedicate his fashion show and his image to freedom of choice and women’s rights, in particular that concerning access to abortion. A direct reference to the new restrictive measures in this area, promulgated in certain American states such as Alabama or Missouri. A position he defends with the conviction that “women should be free to choose what they want in terms of abortion, knowing that this choice is what is most difficult for them and that I respect it. »He declared during the press conference after the parade..
Alessandro Michele embellished his Gucci Cruise 2020 show with numerous references to the right to abortion
The collection is made up of around a hundred pieces, explicitly dedicated to the theme in question. It includes a blazer and a jacket both adorned with “My Body, My Choice”. Other pieces bear the “Chime for Change” logo, a foundation launched in 2013 by Gucci, Beyoncé and Salma Hayek among others, with the aim of promoting autonomy and access to education for girls around the world. . The date of May 22, 1978, referring to the implementation of the right to abortion in Italy, is also taken up by Alessandro Michele and inscribed on a T-shirt. However, the show was marked by what appears to be the centerpiece of the collection, a pleated dress with an embroidered uterus design on the front..
“This piece reflects Alessandro Michele’s idea of freedom and equality.” Gucci
Beyond references to the feminist struggle, certain outfits embellished with accessories with religious connotations address themselves directly to the clergy and to the unwavering position of the Catholic world on the subject of abortion. An artistic and deeply political choice assumed by Alessandro Michele, which resonates particularly in the Roman museum located on Capitoline Hill, a stone’s throw from the Vatican.
“I will always stand behind the freedom to be, always. »Alessandro Michele