Davide Renne, recently appointed creative director of Moschino and previously a long-time member of Gucci’s design team, died today in Milan. He was 46 years old.
Fashion house Moschino confirmed that Renne died after a “sudden illness”. In a statement released by its owner Aeffe, executive chairman Massimo Ferretti paid tribute to the late designer: “Although he was only with us for a very short time, Davide was able to immediately gain popularity and respect. My condolences to his family and friends.”
It’s only been ten days since Davide Renne took over as Moschino’s creative director. When his appointment was announced last month, he said: “I can’t wait to get started.” He was due to present his first collection for the house in February next year. That is why he recently reflected on Frank Moschino’s legacy in a personal statement: “Franco taught us that fashion cannot be explained, it can only be lived, because it is essentially, intimately, about life — about the world around us. This is the poetry of fashion to me. I see fashion as a dialogue in which the creation of beauty takes place. So thank you, Mr. Ferretti, and thank you to the house of Moschino for giving me the keys to their game room.”
Before joining Moschino, Davide Renne was a key member of Gucci’s design team. He joined the fashion house owned by the Kering group in 2004 and worked under both Frida Giannini and Alessandro Michele. He gradually worked his way up to the position of head of women’s fashion design and oversaw the autumn-winter 2023 collection, which was launched this February.
In a personal statement accompanying his appointment as creative director of Moschino, he described his professional journey as follows: “Fashion, like life, is about discovering yourself.” He was born and raised in the seaside town of Follonica in Tuscany. “In high school, while studying at the Liceo Scientifico, I realized that for some mysterious reason I was still drawing women’s dresses,” he wrote. Davide Renne studied at the Polimoda fashion school in Florence, which, in his own words, “gave him a sense of absolute freedom and paved the way for creativity, which, as I soon discovered, became my life.” After completing his studies, he moved to Milan, where he worked for four years in the atelier of Alessandro Dell’Acqua, whom he described as “his first teacher and mentor in fashion”. In 2003, he briefly worked at Ruffo Research, which also included Nicolas Ghesquière, Sophia Kokosalaki and Riccardo Tisci, and then continued with the Gucci team: “There I spent the last eight years with Alessandro Michele, who taught me to dream bigger, moved me and helped me make my dreams come true.”
Davide Renne, fashion designer, born 7 July 1977, died 10 November 2023.
The article was originally published on Vogue UK.