Anyone who has been browsing social media and fashion magazines these days know that #BTS images provide some of the most intimate and visually compelling scenes. Gucci’s creative director is taking on that on a big scale by launching a new collector’s item: a coffee table book documenting his Anglo-centric Cruise ’17 show which took place in the cloisters of the Westminster Abbey in June.
Just how much does Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele love Britannia? That show was packed with Anglomania references from Vivienne Westwood punk, the Queen, tartan prints and the Union Jack. Continuing that tack, Michele teamed up with renowned British lensman Nick Waplington – the same man behind Alexander McQueen’s tome Working Process – to chronicle the entire lead-up and backstage action of that show.
For starters, the book, called Blind For Love, comes with a print of Elizabeth I. And true to Waplington’s raw and unfiltered style, the images feature candid and intimate never-seen-before footage of models backstage, the prep work and plenty of shots of Michele in action. Readers may also recognise the lyrics of the traditional English ballad Scarborough Fair running throughout the pages.
Produced in a limited run of 1,000 copies, the book is available at Asssouline bookstores around the world and on its website, as well as specialty stores like Dover Street Market, Colette and Palais de Tokyo. From £60 (S$108)