Dolce and Gabbana release David Gandy book

by Katie on June 15, 2011

David Gandy is a rare beast in the fashion world; the male model that’s become a household name.  Whilst the names of Nineties female supermodels such as Cindy, Linda, and Naomi remain au courant, thanks to some savvy marketeers and the pop group Duran Duran, male models are chewed up and spat out by an industry which sees them as little more than window-dressing.
Gandy’s relationship with Dolce and Gabbana has been a long and fruitful one since fronting the designers’ Light Blue fragrance campaign six years ago.  Regular appearances in the house’s catwalk shows have garnered the 31 year-old from Billericay a global fan base – quite an achievement for the winner of a modelling competition on Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan’s then daytime chat show, ‘This Morning’.

Gandy seems the furthest from the Essex Boy archetype imaginable, exuding a raw sexuality perfectly suited to the sultry Sicily of Domenico Dolce’s childhood, yet the writing in his Vogue blog betrays a keen mind and an almost old-fashioned gentlemanly approach to life.

Now Dolce and Gabbana have chosen to celebrate the tenth anniversary of ‘Light Blue’ and their muse through the release of a coffee table book of iconic images charting Gandy’s work with the label, a range of limited edition T-shirts in collaboration with Mariano Vivanco, and a series of events inviting the model’s fans to meet their pin-up.  Dolce and Gabbana have also exclusively retained Gandy’s services for the upcoming Milan menswear week, a virtually unheard of occurrence and another indication of his superstar status and Dolce’s commitment to keeping him on-brand.

Gandy’s appearance in a short film with another Nineties modelling stalwart, Helena Christensen, is a suggestion of where the model’s profile is taking him.  A Renaissance man in the truest sense, it’s not difficult to envisage Gandy slipping into James Bond’s exquisite Turnbull and Asser suits. 

We think that the most exciting moment of David Gandy’s career is yet to come.
The book will be available from Dolce and Gabbana stores worldwide from 20th June.

Written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.

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