By Tedrick Tau.
Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s “Twinsburg” creates a rift in the idea of identity, then unveiling the revelation: the same clothes emanate different qualities on seemingly identical bodies.
To him, as if by magic, clothes duplicate. They seem to lose their status of singularity. The effect is alienating and ambiguous. Fashion, after all, lives on serial multiplications that don’t hamper the most genuine expression of every possible individuality.
Alessandro draws inspiration from his two mothers: mum Eralda and mum Giuliana. Two extraordinary women who made their twinship the ultimate seal of their existence. It was his world, perfectly double and doubled. Growing up, the grace of their duplicated and expanded love gave rise to Alessandro’s eternal fascination for the double – for things that seem to reflect equal to themselves.
It’s exactly the impossibility of the perfectly identical that nourishes the magic of twins. A genomic spell wanted to make such creatures precisely the same but, as a matter of fact, they live on impalpable discrepancies and misalignments. It’s the deception of similitude. The game of illusion of a cracked symmetry.
Identical models walked the runway in a mix of the ethereal and structured, of old world and modern styles. Striking hues and boxy fits kept the pieces fresh. It was walking in a dream of double sequins and denims, with strikingly contrasting textures.
The twin nature of the collection lives on this perturbing oxymoron and urges us to think that what we see is not always what we get. Facing a double, we are forced to be more careful in catching and naming the differences, even the slightest. It’s the specular relationship between identity and otherness: the copresence of different subjects in connection. All the twins, in fact, since birth, are well aware of not being at the center of the universe. They are used to living with another. The boundaries of their body don’t correspond to the boundaries of their being.
In this sense, twinship imposes an experience of decentralization. Leaning towards the other. Recognizing oneself as flesh of the world. It’s the possibility to feel part of that connective tissue that defines our common creatural destiny.
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