Frida Giannini

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Frida Giannini
Born1972 (age 50–51)
Rome, Italy
OccupationFashion designer
Years active1997-present
SpousePatrizio Di Marco (2015–2019)

Frida Giannini (born in Rome, 1972) is an Italian fashion designer. She was the creative director of the Italian fashion house Gucci from 2006 to 2014.[1]


Giannini studied fashion design at Rome's Fashion Academy.[2]


After brief stints at small, family-run accessories companies, she joined Fendi in 1997,[3] to design ready-to-wear. After three seasons, she was promoted to designer of leather goods.

In 2002, Giannini joined Gucci as design director of handbags.[4] In 2004, she was appointed to head women's accessories when Tom Ford departed the company. At the time, Gucci stores focused its inventory on the "GG" monogram canvas bag. Giannini attempted to change Gucci's style from Tom Ford's designs by drawing from Gucci's heritage. Based on the 1960s Grace Kelly scarf, she developed the "Flora" collection of colorful bags. The collection was not well received by critics. In 2006, Women's Wear Daily commented: "Trends do not start here." However, Flora proved to be Giannini's first commercial success, and she applied the style to other accessories, including ballet shoes.[5] In 2006, Giannini was promoted to Creative Director for the entire Gucci label.

Giannini continues to design from heritage. For example, the 2010 Winter Men's line was noted for influences from Gucci's equestrian history. However, Giannini says, "I don't think it is a nostalgic collection, but heritage is good for me—going back to the archives, but looking forward to the future."[6] In 2011, she created, in collaboration with Lapo Elkann, the Fiat 500 by Gucci, a special edition of the Italian car.[citation needed] She was credited for softening Gucci's brand proposition from Tom Ford's porno-chic to sensual, with hints of Art Nouveau and fin de siècle, and to have introduced the brand's androgynous stance that Alessandro Michele later fully developed.[7][8]

On 12 December 2014 Kering SA announced Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco will be leaving the company. Giannini plans to see the fall/winter collection through to the Milan Fashion Week and departed in early 2015.[9] Her successor is Alessandro Michele.[10]

Film work[edit]

In 2013 Giannini designed costumes for Olivia Wilde and Chris Hemsworth in the film Rush.[citation needed]


Giannini has for years supported UNICEF, receiving in 2011 the UNICEF Women of Compassion award.[11] In 2013, together with Beyoncé Knowles and Salma Hayek, she and Gucci launched Chime for Change, created with the goal of supporting women's and girls’ education, health services and justice.[12][13]

Giannini has been a member of the board of Save the Children since 2017,[14] for which she has made field trips to Jordan and Syria.[15] For a humanitarian project in partnership with retailer OVS in 2018, she created a Christmas capsule collection of sweaters benefiting Save the Children.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Giannini married Patrizio Di Marco on 5 June 2015;[17] their daughter Greta was born in 2012.[citation needed] The couple separated in 2019.[18]

Giannini collects vinyl records, with her collection currently at 8,000.[19]


The life and work of Giannini was the subject of 2013 film The Director - An Evolution in Three Acts, directed by Christina Voros and starring James Franco.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MATTHEW SCHNEIER After Frida Giannini’s Departure, a Brand-New Men’s Collection at Gucci JAN. 20, 2015
  2. ^ Frida Giannini
  3. ^ One Turns Into Four: PPR Expected to Tap Gucci Designers Today Women's Wear Daily, March 11, 2004.
  4. ^ Sowray, Bibby (May 11, 2011). "Frida Giannini". British Vogue. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Passariello, Christina (September 21, 2010). "Gucci Unpacks 'La Dolce Vita'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Menkes, Suzy (January 18, 2010). "The Calm After the Storm". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Menkes, Suzy (2012-02-22). "Gucci: From Sexy to Sensual". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  8. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (2014-12-16). "Beware, Designers: What Frida Giannini's Departure at Gucci Tells Us". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  9. ^ Milligan, Lauren (12 December 2014). "Giannini And Di Marco Both Leave Gucci". Vogue. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  10. ^ Bridget Foley Gucci Confirms Alessandro Michele as Creative Director Women's Wear Daily January 21, 2015
  11. ^ Luisa Zargani (October 22, 2020), Frida Giannini on Helping Out, Fashion Scenario Women's Wear Daily.
  12. ^ Luisa Zargani (October 22, 2020), Frida Giannini on Helping Out, Fashion Scenario Women's Wear Daily.
  13. ^ "Beyoncé Leads New Gucci Empowerment Campaign". British Vogue. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  14. ^ Alessandra Turra (July 24, 2017), Frida Giannini Joins Save the Children Board Women's Wear Daily.
  15. ^ Elizabeth Paton (September 24, 2018), Life After the Runway New York Times.
  16. ^ Martino Carrera (November 20, 2018), Frida Giannini Designs Charitable Christmas Jumpers for OVS Women's Wear Daily.
  17. ^ Klein, Alyssa Vingan. "Former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini Marries in Valentino". Fashionista. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  18. ^ Luisa Zargani (October 22, 2020), Frida Giannini on Helping Out, Fashion Scenario Women's Wear Daily.
  19. ^ Gahan, Dave (12 July 2011). "Frida Giannini". Interview Magazine. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  20. ^ Mau, Dhani. "How James Franco Helped Spotlight One of Fashion's Most Press-Shy Designers, Frida Giannini". Fashionista. Retrieved 2022-11-20.

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