Fashion Creator & International Designer Awards AnnouncedPosted by Jo on Monday 16th November 2015
The British Fashion Council have announced that Nick Knight OBE will receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, while the International Designer Award will be presented to Creative Director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele.
Nick Knight OBE will be honoured at this year’s ceremony for his outstanding contribution to the global fashion industry. His prolific career began in 1982 with the publication of his first book, Skinheads. Since then, Knight has pushed the boundaries of fashion film and photography, continuously challenging conventional notions of beauty. His body of work includes some of fashions most iconic images, and his ground breaking creative collaborations with feted designers: Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Yohji Yamamoto, resulted in era-defining imagery.
His advertising clients include some of fashion’s most prestigious brands including Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Lancôme, Swarovski, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent and his award-winning editorial for publications including AnOther, i-D, Vogue, V Magazine and W magazines has consistently kept him at the forefront of progressive image-making for the past three decades. He has directed award-winning videos for Bjork, Lady Gaga and Kanye West and his work has been exhibited at many international galleries and institutions including International Center of Photography, Gagosian Gallery, Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert Museum.
A digital pioneer, Knight launched SHOWstudio as an online platform to showcase fashion film in November 2000, with the ethos to 'show the entire creative process from conception to completion. Live broadcasting has become a large part of SHOWstudio's output and since its inception, SHOWstudio has worked with the world’s most sought-after filmmakers, artists, writers and influential cultural figures to create visionary online content. Recently, the site has redefined fashion commentary and show criticism with its lively panel debates, all while continuing to pioneer fashion film as the most dynamic medium to showcase fashion.
The 2015 International Designer Award will be presented to Alessandro Michele, in recognition of the year's remarkable achievements in his role as Creative Director at Gucci. Taking the reins as Creative Director back in January 2015, his appointment marked a brave and significant shift in aesthetics for Gucci – a house famed for its leather goods and accessories; a powerhouse that currently ranks No.2 in the global luxury goods market. The appointment was a considered one, and in the nine short months since Alessandro took up his new role, he has presented four collections that have caught the attention of the industry and consumers alike, and have set the fashion agenda, confirming Gucci's position as a truly directional fashion house.
The appointment of Michele as Creative Director marks the culmination of a successful 13-year career with the brand – having been brought into the Gucci fold by Tom Ford back in 2002 after a stint at Fendi, where he served as Senior Accessories Designer. Alessandro's unique understanding and appreciation of the historical codes of Gucci married with his modern take on romanticism have created a compelling new narrative for the brand.
Charged with overseeing all aspects of creative responsibility for the label, Alessandro Michele's truly contemporary and highly original vision has undoubtedly returned the iconic house of Gucci to the frontline of fashion, making headway and headlines for all the right reasons; namely the clothes.
Natalie Massenet MBE commented: “Alessandro Michele is a phenomenon at Gucci. His exciting eclectic aesthetic has made an overnight impact on global fashion trends. It is not just that he has made the brand covetable and the product so desirable. He has also reinvigorated the retail experience bringing back playfulness and magic to the flagship store. This is a man who has his customer in his heart and celebrates them."
Nick Knight OBE by Tim Walker
Alessandro Michele by Ronan Gallagher