Published by IDEA, the Gucci ‘Epiphany’ book captures the houses Pre-Fall 2016 women’s and men’s collections designed by Alessandro Michele. The book is supplemented by dreamy imagery shot by Dutch-born photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos — a series he captured while shooting the luxury label’s lookbook in a palatial Italian villa.
Hailing from Holland, Marcopoulos moved to New York in 1980 where became one of the most crucial documentarians of American culture, capturing those on the fringes – from artist and musicians to skateboarders and snowboarders. His subjects include Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Beastie Boys, New York hip hop group Ratking and Californian hardcore punk band Trash Talk.
“For seven days we photographed Alessandro’s collection,” says Marcopoulos in a statement, explaining the process. “As the days went on our surroundings made me feel equally in Roman times of the past and solidly in the present and future. Above all, we were having a good time which would have pleased Dionysus.”
Marcopoulos is the latest in a series of outsider creators that Michele has enlisted to contribute to his vision for Gucci. From photographer and filmmaker Matt Lambert, to photographer and model Petra Collins, graffiti artist GucciGhost and, most recently, Cocteau Twins who soundtracked his Pre-Fall 2016 campaign film.
Epiphany, which is being published by fashion’s favourite publishers IDEA, will be released a limited edition of 1,000 copies and be launched on May 5th at Dover Street Market in New York.