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Valentino names former Gucci designer Alessandro Michele new creative director

Valentino has appointed Alessandro Michele to the role of creative director of the Italian luxury maison, effective April 2.

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The former Gucci creative director succeeds Pierpaolo Piccioli, who announced his departure from the top design role at the Kering-backed house earlier this month.

Michele’s first Valentino collection will be for spring 2025.

Michele joined the Gucci design studio in 2002 following a stint as senior accessories designer at Fendi. He was appointed “associate” to then-creative director Frida Giannini in 2011, and in 2014 took on the additional responsibility of creative director of Richard Ginori, the porcelain brand acquired by Gucci in 2013.

In early 2015, Michele was officially appointed to Gucci’s top creative role, two days after he first took a bow at the end of the brand’s men’s fall 2015 show, promoted by then-chairman and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri. Michele was let go from Gucci in November 2022, which also forms part of the Kering empire.

“It is a great honor for me to be welcomed into the Valentino maison. I feel the immense joy and responsibility of joining a maison de couture that has engraved the word ‘beauty’ in a collective history of refinement and extreme grace,” said Michele in an Instagram post.

The switch up at Valentino comes several months after giant French luxury group Kering acquired a 30 percent stake in Valentino, with the intention to eventually acquire full control of the Roman marque.

“I am very happy that Alessandro has been appointed at the creative helm of Valentino and I am certain that with his creativity, culture and versatile talent, he will be able to interpret masterfully the unique heritage of this magnificent house and make it flourish,” said François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering.

“I can’t wait to see his passion, imagination and dedication at play in this new chapter for Valentino.”

The house of Valentino was founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti.