By  on February 23, 2011

Sex sells, and Gucci knows it. It took a while, though, to figure it out.

For about six decades, the brand’s advertising tended toward the traditional: text-heavy, focused on quality and craftsmanship. In the early Eighties, it briefly flirted with American-style glamour, using models like Carol Alt and Andie MacDowell as eye candy. But in the mid-Nineties, Gucci ads got aggressive — very aggressive — courtesy of creative director Tom Ford’s ultrasexy vision and backed by chief executive officer Domenico De Sole’s open checkbook. And it paid off.

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