by Jessica Gaertner - May 29, 2019 Fashion News
Alessandro Michele once again plays with art and history and creates an absolute masterpiece. The Gucci Resort 2020 Collection was showcased in Rome yesterday and drew inspiration from the extinct world of pagan antiquity. It was very important to Michele that the show took place in Rome as he wanted “to pay tribute, to glorify this place of freedom.”
To say the collection spoke to a wide audience is an understatement. Disney’s well-loved Mickey Mouse made several appearances on the garments as well as logo’d guitar cases. Michele also made opulent, historic references by draping a toga over a plaid suit and dressing the models in the recognisable red and white wool of Roman army uniforms.
It’s no secret that Gucci’s Creative Director has a passion for riffling through the decades and centuries. However, this show stands out as Michele takes a step back from the poetry and theory that history inspires and rather takes a turn toward the more political aspect of things.
Powerful statements were made throughout the show. “My Body, My Choice” was splashed across that back of a jacquard pantsuit; several models symbolised ‘being silenced’ with scarves around their mouths; there was a flowing ivory dress detailed with an embroidered uterus where flowers replaced the ovaries; and the date 22.05.1978 was brought to the attention of the audience.
22.05.1978 marks the day that Italian law protecting legal abortion took effect. Abortion is of course one of the most relevant and talked about topics across the world right now, and Gucci is taking a stand against the current state of reproductive injustice.
“Women have to be respected… they should be free to choose what they want.” – Michele
Several pieces in the collection were completed within the last 24 hours before the show commenced, as alterations and additions needed to be made in reaction to ‘recent news.’ It is safe to say that the Resort 2020 collection will resonate most powerfully with those who can comprehend just how much is at stake in the fight for women’s reproductive rights.