Inspired by feminist philosopher Donna Haraway’s 1984 “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century”, Michele Alessandro has created his own visual manifesto the Gucci Cyborg, for Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2018-2019 fashion show that recently took place in Milan.
Challenging the binary categorization of human identity that is forced upon us as a means to both control and regulate us. Identity is neither immutable nor fixed but rather a social and cultural construction, and as such it can be adjusted, redefined or even invented. This is the spirit that inspired Michele’s collection, to legitimize what is considered flawed or atypical, manifested in the creative fusion of fabrics, patterns and references.
The Milan showcasing was a sensational parable of hybrid designs, cross-cultural references, clashing aesthetics and brazen symbols that speaks of the possibility of being liberated from the confines of the natural condition we are born into. Heavy !