For his Gucci Cosmogonie Cruise 2023 fashion show, Alessandro Michele continues his dialogue with historic places.
From its very inception in 1240 by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Castel del Monte has been imbued with symbolic significance, which reveals itself through precise geometry. The number eight becomes a leading theme in the medieval structure, demonstrated through the central octagonal floor plan divided into eight rooms and surrounded by eight octagonal towers. Crowning a hill in the Apulian city of Andria, the monument sits seemingly isolated 540 meters above sea level where it is bathed in light at every hour of the day. Given its formal perfection and harmonious blending of various elements from Northern Europe, the Islamic world, and classical antiquity, Castel del Monte perfectly represents a crossroads of the different peoples, cultures, civilizations, and religions that have shaped the Mediterranean.
The Gucci Cosmogonie Cruise 2023 fashion show will be set against the suggestive setting of Castel del Monte, a historical location that Alessandro Michele holds dear. In occasion of the show, the House will continue its commitment to sustain, preserve, and promote cultural and artistic heritage by supporting an enhancement project of Castel del Monte, which will improve the visitor experience of the World Heritage Site.
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