Gucci Pays Homage To Dapper Dan With Beautiful Book
Gucci continues to pay homage of Dapper Dan, born Daniel Day, this time, instead of a collaborative collection, they have created a limited edition publication called ‘Dapper Dan’s Harlem.’ The book launched today during a chic cocktail party at the Gucci Garden venue in Florence. Dan was on hand to sign copies (there will only be 500 sold).
The fashion house hired Ari Marcopoulos, a photographer who they have worked with before on their pre-Fall 2016 women’s and men’s collection. The Amsterdam born photographer has shot for W Magazine, Purple Magazine and worked with brands like Absolut. He also worked with the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and 2010. While he is well accomplished, given the subject and the location being so rich with African-American history, why didn’t they use a Black photographer?
The book is filled with imagery from Marcopoulos’ adventures where Dapper Dan allowed him to tour his home, his atelier (which shut down in 1992 and Gucci helped re-open in 2017) as well as some of his favorite friends like poet and author Cleo Wade as well as chef Marcus Samuelsson. This is definitely what you would want on your coffee table if you are a fashion girl.
It’s incredible how Gucci redeemed themselves just a few short seasons ago from showing Dap’s designs without him even present (or originally giving him credit). Through the power of social media, Gucci clearly felt the pressure and partnered with the Harlem born designer. This book will undoubtedly go down in Black fashion history.
The exclusive book retails for $200.00.
If you want to buy a copy, you won’t find it online. It will only be available at Gucci Garden in Florence, Italy and Gucci SoHo in New York City.