Gucci's latest collaboration celebrates the portraiture of British artist, Unskilled Worker

People, faces, places

Text: Andrea Sim

One for the collection

Alessandro Michele has made it a point to salute talent beyond the sphere of fashion since his appointment. There was Spanish artist Coco Capitán who doused Gucci's goods in subversive graffiti, and then cruise 2018's campaign spotlighting personalities — from producers to store sales assistants — in hilariously candid karaoke sessions (#NoWomanNoCry, the Gucci crew crooned). His most recent enterprise involves British artist Helen Downie, better known by her curious moniker 'Unskilled Worker'. 

There is a certain naiveity to Downie's portraits, of which spoke to Michele back in 2015 and saw the artist contribute to Gucci's 'No Longer / Not Yet' exhibition in Shanghai upon his invitation. This time, their union isn't just for the fan's viewing pleasure; Downie has interpreted iconic Gucci girls, motifs and scenary on a range of clothing and accessories, to be sold exclusively online at

Downie said, "The Gucci paintings are an emotional response to Alessandro's work. It's been a creative conversation. I think we both like hidden elements in our work and it's been so exciting to discover his world and then mix it in with mine. Little secrets are threaded through the work — things held dear since childhood."

See our selection from the collab above.

Available from 11 October. 


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