Steve French and 10 others will be joining Alessandro Michele and his team in Rome starting in March 2020 for one year, as part of the Gucci’s Fellowship internship program. Steve French and Afua Biney are among 11 other young designers from the world to benefit from this cultural exchange program.
The Design Fellowship Program is part of Gucci’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to promote cultural exchange between designers coming from different backgrounds and launched in March. It is meant to offer opportunities to various groups of talents in partnership with 10 fashion schools in 10 countries (Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Japan, Korea, Dubai, U. S. and Mexico). Five finalists for each school across different product categories were selected for a total of 50 finalists. They were invited to Italy for a week to discover Gucci in Rome and Florence and this was an opportunity for Gucci’s design team to meet directly with them. Gucci then selected 11 graduates — one more than was originally planned — and revealed with the event on Thursday that they will join the brand’s team in Rome starting from March 2020 for their fellowship.