Each episode of the series features the voices who are collaborating with creative director Alessandro Michele and an insight into the eclectic narrative, inspiration and vision of the Florentine fashion House founded in 1921.
Reframing The Black Image. Pioneers of The Past in Collaboration with Stance and A Vibe Called Tech
Made in Partnership with Stance Podcast and Vibe Called Tech and inspired by The North Face and Gucci collaboration, Pioneers of the Past is a celebration of four talents who are remapping and rethinking how the Black image is presented in fine and contemporary art. In this podcast you will hear from four curators and visual researchers who are defining new ways of looking and seeing the Black image in visual arts.
Frustrated with the lack of representation on her degree course, Cambridge University student Alayo Akinkugbe started the Instagram account A Black History of Art early last year. Her platform highlights the overlooked Black artists, sitters, curators and thinkers in Art History.
Renata Cherlise has been building an extraordinary archive of Black images at BlackArchives.co, redefining who chooses the images preserved and celebrated. Through her work, she builds places where the Black image lives for itself rather than in some kind of abstraction of whiteness.
Theo Imani is an Italian Ghanaian medical student and visual researcher with a passion for finding echoes between the African and European image. His Instagram account @theoimani seeks to interrogate the relationship between imagery, teasing the classical and the contemporary to reframe notions of the Black image.
Osei Bonsu, International Curator at Tate Modern is an expert in Black, African and diasporic art. His work as an independent curator in Paris and London seeks to challenge institutions and artists to fully represent the range and nuances of black art, pushing the art world to expand their understanding and appreciation.
The cover image for this podcast was created by collage artist Jazz Grant.
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Artist Lily Gavin chats with actress and athlete Aimee Mullins about her Beauty campaign debut.
For the launch of Gucci’s new beautifying foundation and primer, the star and muse of the campaign, Lily Gavin, sits down with her friend Aimee Mullins. Lily is a 25-year-old multidisciplinary artist, actress and director from New York City. Aimee is an actress, athlete and regular public speaker for TED. Recorded together in the Oxfordshire countryside in England, the pair chat about Lily’s experience of starring in the new campaign, the slow but necessary deconstruction of traditional beauty norms and what they consider to be true beauty, coming from within.
Activism, inclusivity and accessibility: Sinéad Burke & Jeremy O. Harris
Coming together to discuss activism, inclusivity and accessibility, Elina Dimitriadi, Fashion Features Editor for Vogue Greece, interviews Sinéad Burke and Jeremy O. Harris.
Sinéad Burke is a writer, academic, teacher and disability advocate and Jeremy O. Harris is an actor and playwright. Both recently joined the advisory board of CHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality. The theme of their conversation is centered around the joy of giving, bringing together individuals that continue to fight for noteworthy causes and are dedicated to making the world a better, more inclusive and more accessible place. Listen as they discuss their activism, how to achieve authentic inclusivity and the importance of giving marginalized voices space to live, breathe and grow.
Bethann Hardison and Kim Hastreiter discuss designer Willi Smith’s life in New York in the 80s.
‘Willi Smith: Street Couture’ is the first exhibit dedicated to American designer Willi Smith (1948–1987) held at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The exhibit of more than 200 pieces highlights how the designer and co-founder of iconic brand WilliWear broke down social, cultural, and economic boundaries.
In this episode, two of Willi Smith’s friends, Bethann Hardison and Kim Hastreiter join William Ndatira to reflect on Willi Smith’s life, career and spirit.
Bethann Hardison, member of the Gucci Global Equity Board and of the Gucci’s Global Corporate Executive Committee, is a model and activist and met Willi Smith when she was just starting out in New York working in the garment business. Journalist, editor and publisher Kim Hastreiter grew up in New Jersey and moved to New York to become an artist. She switched paths to become a journalist and in founded Paper Magazine in 1984, Willi Smith was her downstairs neighbor.
Listen as these long-time friends reflect on fond memories of Willi Smith and look back on the fashion scene in New York in the 80s.
As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums are temporarily closed. In the meanwhile, you can discover more about Willi Smith on: https://willismitharchive.cargo.site/
Elle Fanning speaks to Mike Mills about her directorial debut for #GucciAbsoluteBeginners.
Elle Fanning’s short film called ‘Gucci Always Wins’ featuring the Jackie 1961 bag launched as part of the Absolute Beginners series in collaboration with Dazed. #GucciABsoluteBeginners is a series which sees artists do something they have never done before: direct their very first short-film. Listen to this episode to hear Elle Fanning deep-dive into the process and thinking behind her work with her friend and seasoned writer, graphic designer and director Mike Mills, who previously directed Elle Fanning in the 2016 comedy-drama ‘20th Century Women’.
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Richard Hell, punk legend and writer discusses his art featuring in Gucci Fall Winter 2020.
For Alessandro Michele’s return to Menswear in January of this year with the Fall Winter 2020 collection, hosted at the Palazzo delle Scintille in Milan, punk legend and writer Richard Hell was seated on the front row. Revealed on the runway were a lineup of T-shirts which featured word combinations from Richard Hell's book 'Psychopts,' created in collaboration with his friend and artist Christopher Wool. Original artworks include pairs of words overlapping one another, such as ‘think’ with ‘thank’ and ‘impatient’ with ‘impotent’ which were featured in the Menswear collection as slogan T-shirts.
Throughout the years, from his punk band era through to career as a writer, Richard Hell has been collecting these unusual word combinations. In this podcast, Richard is interviewed by William Ndatira, otherwise known as William Cult on Instagram. Their conversation is themed around words and more specifically around Freudian slips. Together they discuss Richard’s word pairings seen in the Gucci Fall Winter 2020 collection, the story behind his book 'Psychopts' as well as his hugely successful and vibrant career. To end the episode and in exploration of Richard’s unlikely word combinations, William asks his friends to share anecdotes of the times when they had unwittingly mixed up words themselves.