Gucci have surprised us with something new – which we simply have to have. The source of our envy comes in the form of a book: Hortus Sanitatis. This is 160 pages of visual feasting, as photographer Derek Ridgers takes us on a journey through Rome, showcasing some of Gucci’s most beautiful masterpieces.


Gucci Derek Ridgers new book

The cover of the fabulous Hortus Sanitatis. The limited-edition book is available in gold foiled hardcover and will cost you US$95 (about R1 200)


The book features images from the fashion house’s pre-autumn collection, captured by prominent British photographer Derek Ridgers. Derek has an impressive career, spanning over 40 years. He is well known for his incredible contribution to capturing pop culture – photographing bands like The Ramones – politics, fetish, club and fashion. Who better then to capture the cultural phenomenon that is Gucci?

Hortus Sanitatis (a reference to a German natural-history encyclopaedia from 1485) is filled with black-and-white as well as colour photographs from the pre-autumn collection, which Derek shot in various picturesque locations in and around Rome, Italy.

The book will launch on 5 July at the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum in Paris, thereafter at various spots, including Dover Street Market in London and New York. There are only 1 000 copies of Hortus Sanitatis available and it’s distributed by IDEA, an independent British publisher. For those of you who are avid Gucci fans and readers will know that IDEA published the stunning book Epiphany, a photographic celebration of the pre-autumn/winter 2016 men and women’s collection by Alessandro Michele (it sold out online in only an hour). We have long been smitten with the Italian fashion house, and we have just found one more reason why Gucci is everything.


If you want to have a glimpse into what the book will hold, head over to Dazed to view the gallery.

Gucci Hortus Sanitatis

Inside: Gucci’s Hortus Sanitatis