GUCCI TO SHOW AT THE WESTMINSTER ABBEY CLOISTERS
A SPECIAL LOCATION FOR THE CRUISE 2017 COLLECTION
From the big city bustle to a moment of monastic calm. After showing at New York’s DIA- Art Foundation last season, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele has switched gears and on June 2nd will show his Cruise 2017 collection at the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey, one of London’s most historic and suggestive locations. It is the first time that Gucci stages a runway show in this unique and exclusive location.
Cloister curiosity: In the pre-Reformation days, the Cloister was one of the busiest parts of the monastic precincts, quite cozy with its glass windows, rushes strewn on the floor and braziers burning. It was used by the monks for meditation and exercise, besides providing access to the main monastic buildings. The cloisters, named after the four cardinal points, served different purposes – the west walk was where the novices were instructed by the Novice Master, the north walk was for private study, south was the way to the Refectory where meals were taken while the east walk led to the Chapter House. The Cloisters were rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1298.