If you follow the Gucci-verse and are a fan of Gucci-fication, you’re aware that Alessandro Michele loves joining forces with artists. Be it Jayde Fish, Coco CapitÃ¡n, Gucci Ghost or honouring Dapper Dan in a campaign, Michele’s narrative at Gucci is willing to include more voices than his own. However, the one artist whose work runs in tandem with Gucci’s renaissance-meets-eclectic charm is that of Helen Downie, better known as the ‘Unskilled Worker’.
Michele discovered Downie on Instagram and invited her to Gucci s 2015 No Longer/Not Yet exhibit in Shanghai. This holiday season, the two have come together for a 40-piece capsule collection of T-shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, jeans and accessories. If you spend a little time on the Unskilled Worker s feed, you will be introduced to the characters she paints meticulously. From same-sex families, families of colour, friends who influenced her, gardens she visits, pets and other details from her personal life, all make it to her canvas in unexpected ways.
The collection with Gucci features her artwork and each product will bear bespoke packaging also designed by the artist. The unique line is available worldwide and on Gucci s website, and, as an added bonus, Unskilled Worker has painted an exclusive piece of work that the artist has made available as a free download on Gucci.com and Unskilled Worker.co.uk from October 11, 2017.
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