Gucci & Yuko Higuchi
Tokyo-based artist Yuko Higuchi has acquired a reputation as a creator of bizarre and whimsical works, featuring characters that evoke the surreal spirit of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland.
Anthropomorphic rabbits, cat-octopuses and walking mushrooms combine to create imagery that is haunting and childlike, and which, as in all good fairy tales, suggests a mood of mystery and a hint of menace. Higuchi’s dream-like work speaks of a creative vision that is, in many ways, very similar to Gucci’s.
Thus, the House has collaborated with Higuchi to incorporate her designs into its spring/summer 2018 childrenswear collection. The imagery appears on a large variety of pieces, including sleep suits, jackets, T-shirts, dresses, sweatshirts, knitwear, hats, hairbands, swimwear and shoes.
In addition to the pieces for children, Gucci has also created two prints with Higuchi for the men’s and women’s collections for spring/summer 2018.
“In the past couple of years I have often visited Gucci store windows as a source of inspiration for my work. So, when I was asked to create original illustrations for the House, I felt it was a dream come true. I felt greatly honoured. I often get ideas from looking at antiques and old things, and I have the sense that in this respect my aesthetic taste is similar to that of Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s Creative Director.” – says Yuko Higuchi.
The capsule will be available from November in select Gucci stores worldwide, and online.