For Cruise 2020 shown amongst the statues of deities and real characters of Ancient Rome in the Capitoline Museums, Alessandro Michele presented the Gucci 1955 Horsebit bag, which is an amalgam of Gucci’s archive piece unified with modernity.
Without doubt, pre-eminent among the lexicon of Gucci’s historic motifs is the Horsebit hardware, which speaks of the House’s association with the world of equestrianism. The new Gucci 1955 Horsebit shoulder bag has a feminine silhouette, functional internal design, and adjustable leather shoulder strap. The bag has a semi-rigid construction and flap closure, comes in GG supreme with a cuir or red trim as well as plain leather in basic colours, a special blue version with a blue-red-blue velvet Web stripe on the flap. The 1955 Horsebit bucket bag comes in many different materials and colours. The soft messenger bag comes in four colours of leather and in two Original GG canvas versions with contrasting leather trim and internal magnet closure.
The shoulder and bucket bags in this collection have also been developed in exotic skins and versions in elaphe, ostrich and crocodile are all available.
The renewed ideation of the accessories is inspired by a Neoclassical philosophy—the act of intentionally imitating an antique example. Historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a powerful influence on the movement, observed the idealism of Greek art and believed its values of “noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” should be championed. Passionate for the ancient worlds, Winckelmann advised the collection of Roman antiquities and ancient Roman sculptures for Villa Albani Torlonia. The Classicism style palatial residence and gardens constructed in the mid-18th century solidified Rome as a key destination on the ‘Grand Tour’—a period of foreign travel at the time commonly undertaken by gentlemen to finish off their education. Alessandro Michele, who shares the same passion for and recreation of the antique worlds as Winckelmann—chose the Leda Gallery in Villa Albani Torlonia as the location for the art book for the Gucci Cruise 2020 collection shot by Greek photographer and director Yorgos Lanthimos.
Weaving the ideas of neoclassicism through the collection, Alessandro Michele has given key accessories from Cruise 2020 the same lines and form of their archetype. The Gucci 1955 Horsebit bag features the equestrian-inspired code from the House composed of a double ring and bar and is modelled on the same shoulder style shape when it launched over six decades ago.
Considered details set the design apart, a sophisticated internal organization and mechanism to adjust the length of the shoulder strap so it can be carried on one shoulder or cross body. Other 1955 Horsebit styles include a bucket and a soft messenger.