Gucci spotlights London-based artist Unskilled Worker with an exclusive capsule collection, launching this October


BY OBI ANYANWU

In order to understand the current relationship between Gucci and the modern artists of today, one must venture in time to when Alessandro Michele was a youth. The Creative Director of Gucci once said that his obsession with fashion comes from his mother and his obsession with art comes from his father.

Michele is rather fortunate to be able to combine both of his passions through collaboration collections, for instance collections with artists Trouble Andrew and Coco Capitán for Gucci, but he is also able to spotlight their talents through one of the biggest fashion houses in the world. British artist Unskilled Worker is the latest artist to enter the spotlight, and is launching a capsule collection with the Italian fashion house on October 11.

Michele first discovered Unskilled Worker, who’s real name is Helen Downie, in 2015 on Instagram and invited the self-taught painter to participate in Gucci’s No Longer/Not Yet show in Shanghai. Gucci and Unskilled Worker’s newest collaboration, a 40-piece capsule collection, is comprised of ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, accessories and silks that feature the London-based artist’s expressive portraits and floral designs.

Pieces such as the printed GG Marmont shoulder bag, Princetown mules and Ace Sneakers among others will be available online only in all Gucci.com markets, and exclusive painted works by Unskilled Worker will be available for free download on the artist’s website and the Gucci website from October 11.

Photos | Courtesy of Gucci
Photographer | Clara Balzary