When Alessandro Michele showed his Gucci cruise 2017 collection back in June, he told WWD it was inspired by the "beautiful chaos" of English culture.
"There’s something very punk about the idea that you can wear a skirt from your granny’s wardrobe," he told the publication.
And it looks like for the collection's campaign, Michele decided to enlist said "granny" to wear that skirt: 79-year-old acclaimed actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Outside in the grounds of @chatsworthofficial for the #GucciCruise17 campaign, #VanessaRedgrave in a double-breasted trench, pleated printed silk skirt, striped merino knit and embroidered bag with a Web stripe strap. A plush jacket inlaid with a pair of dogs, and a pink silk georgette dress with lace inserts. #GucciPlaces Creative director: #AlessandroMichele Photographer: @_glen_luchford Art director: @christophersimmonds
The Glen Luchford-photographed shoot sees the Academy Award-winning "Julia" star posing alongside a cast of models at Chatsworth House, the 16th century Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
First look: the #GucciCruise17 campaign, set in the grounds and interior of Chatsworth (@chatsworthofficial), and starring acclaimed actress #VanessaRedgrave, who wears a printed ruffled silk twill top with Web stripe trim and pleated skirt, and the #GucciSylvie bag embroidered with roses. A plush long coat with panther embroidery. #GucciPlaces Creative director: #AlessandroMichele Photographer: @_glen_luchford Art director: @christophersimmonds
Accompanying the still images is a short film where Redgrave works the camera like a pro, even fist-bumping her co-stars.
The #GucciCruise17 campaign captures a cast of characters, alongside acclaimed actress #VanessaRedgrave in the grounds and interior of @chatsworthofficial, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, painting an eclectic portrait of the British spirit. #GucciPlaces Music: The Undertones “My Perfect Cousin” Damian O’Neill, Michael Bradley. 1980 Creative director: #AlessandroMichele Photographer: @_glen_luchford Art director: @christophersimmonds
There has been a recent influx of older models in campaigns and editorials lately, with 60-year-old Gillean McLeod appearing in a swimsuit ad for H&M in June and 100-year-old Bo Gilbert starring in a Harvey Nichols ad that appeared in the 100th anniversary issue of Vogue U.K.
Here's hoping we see more and more age diversity in upcoming features.