Calling attention to women’s reproductive rights during Gucci’s Cruise 2020 show, Alessandro Michele presented his show at Rome’s Musei Capitolini, which is one of the oldest in the world and overlooks the Roman forum. Michele continued to mesmerize us with his love for ancient culture which was communicated via special packages to guests by French historian and archeologist, Paul Veyne, reading, “Only pagan antiquity awakened my desire because it was the world of before, because it was an abolished world.”

 

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The collection featured a variety of references continuing his legacy of sampling from diverse eras. This show featured everything from an appearance from Micky Mouse to inspiration from Ancient Greek togas and pallas to looks like a muted pastel dress with a plunging neckline juxtaposed by a Roman pillar running from the centre of the model’s chest to under her chin. In a timely manner, the majority of the collection emphasized a standpoint around women’s liberation, essentially the freedom of choice. The collection featured messaging from the date “22.5.78” on the front of a sweater representing Italian Statute 194, for the social protection of motherhood and voluntary interruption of pregnancy, to the back of a blazer reading, “My Body, My Choice.” The most controversial symbol of the entire show was an embroidered uterus on a pleated long-sleeve gown.

By inviting guests to the Italian capital, Michele exposed how the city has impacted his creativity. As the renowned designer continues to push forward mixing and matching elements of the past, moving us into the future, he concluded with a perfect pairing: a performance by Stevie Nicks and Harry Styles.

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