Westminster Abbey is no stranger to having royal brides roaming its halls (think the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen), but never has it hosted fashion royalty. For the first time in its 1,000 years, the abbey will be home to a fashion show. Gucci has been given permission to hold its Spring/Summer 2017 presentation in the church’s cloisters. The brand’s creative director Alessandro Michele calls the abbey’s decision to open its doors to Gucci “magical.”
On June 2, all eyes will be on the London landmark as the Italian fashion house presents its Cruise collection. The venue will be a change of scenery for the brand, which usually hosts shows in Milan. Having lived in London for many years, Alessandro admits that the city “is always on my mind and in my memories.” In a statement from Gucci, he reveals, “I’m obsessed with British culture, past and present.”
The cloisters, which date to the 13 th century, were originally used by monks for meditation and exercise, but they'll now see some of the world’s top supermodels strut their stuff. The show is expected to attract fashion elite from around the world.
As the Queen did in 1947, Kate Middleton walked down the sanctuary’s long aisle to marry her own Prince Charming in 2011. Prince William was awestruck when his beautiful bride, clad in a stunning bespoke Alexander McQueen gown, reached his side. It’s estimated that more than one billion people watched the romantic nuptials on television.