Cover Ken Scott's floral prints turn up in the most unexpected ways in the Gucci Epilogue collection.

Gucci's Epilogue collection includes special pieces that incorporate the work of American 'fashion gardener', Ken Scott

The late American fashion designer, Ken Scott was named 'the gardener of fashion' for his colourful and floral-patterned fabrics which favoured large peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers. 

"Ken Scott mapped out flowers with romanticism and flowers into pop culture. He treated flowers like shop signs, he multiplied them, turned them into something that stood out. I like his work because I am obsessed with floral prints,” said creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele. 

Today, the American designer continues to be much celebrated in Italy, where he made his mark with his patterned fabrics. Ken Scott is a brand of renowned textile company, Mantero, and his designs are preserved by the Ken Scott Foundation, now based in Como.

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This recently launched campaign transports us to Ken Scott's Milan in the '60s and '70s, a world of intense colours and clashing prints. From the silk scarves and flowing dresses for women to bowling sets and down-padded outerwear for men, Michele dives into the designer's rich archives to present a colourful collection of floral-printed clothing. Set against the backdrop of wallpaper, curtains, tablecloths and cushions in the same print, photographer Mark Peckmezian captures the retro looks in soft focus to creates dreamy, nostalgic visuals.

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The accessories in this collection are given special attention by Michele. Four different floral Ken Scott prints—Giardino d’Aprile, Zia, Jenni and Pomponice—are introduced to women's shoes and boots, from the Jordaan and Princetown loafers to the Rhyton and Ace sneakers. For the men, the Pursuit slides, Screener sneakers and Gucci Tennis 1977 lace-up tennis shoes are also given a Ken Scott-inspired makeover.

All accessories are detailed with classic elements of Gucci, whether it is in micro script logos, interlocking GG emblems or the House Web stripe.

In conjunction with the launch, The Gucci podcast has dedicated a special episode to discuss Ken Scott's life and legacy in contemporary fashion. The episode will feature Shahidha Bari—writer, academic, critic and Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at London College of Fashion.  

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