Model Profile: David Gandy
Mr David Gandy
The Early Days
David James Gandy was afforded his big break in 2001 via a competition on ITV’s This Morning. The contest landed the 21-year-old would-be icon a contract with renowned agency Select Model Management. The competition, hosted by Richard & Judy, was a televised model-search in which Gandy was inadvertently entered by a university housemate. The below video features a short clip at the beginning showing a fresh faced Gandy’s contest victory:
From humble beginnings, Gandy went on to establish himself as a household name, crossing the threshold from model to celebrity. His meteoric rise is even more impressive given that during his breakthrough days the trend was (in his own words) for: “Skinny androgynous guys who had bodies more like girls”, something Mr Gandy’s body certainly was and is not.
Dolce & Gabbana
In 2006, Gandy was named the muse of Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana. Shortly after, the one time student from Essex was announced as the face of the famous fashion house’s Light Blue fragrance; not surprising considering his archetypically Italian look.
The campaign launched Gandy as one of the most recognisable faces in the world almost overnight, thanks in part to a 50ft billboard of the now-famous shot in Times Square and a television advert that may still be one of the most recognisable and iconic for women across the globe.
Gandy became known as the embodiment of the brand, making reoccurring appearances in their campaigns and shows throughout 2011. The partnership culminated in the publication of a 280 page photographic book chronicling their years of collaboration.
David Gandy – The Brand
Famed photographers such as Mario Testino and Steven Meisel have all shot Gandy in a number of settings. His campaign checklist include brands such as Banana Republic, Marks & Spencer, Thom Sweeny, Massimo Dutti, Zara, Gant, Hugo Boss and Lucky Brand Jeans; not to mention various glossy covers for the likes of GQ, Details, Attitude and VMan.
Gandy’s credentials hit a patriotic high at the 2012 London Olympic Games by being the only man on the catwalk during the opening ceremony, the first male to be nominated for the British Fashion Council’s Model Of The Year Award and the first male model to be interviewed on the Jonathan Ross Show:
The accolades of our most recognisable model are almost endless and only serve to support his unofficial title as the first male supermodel. Industry shutterbug Testino himself said: “David has something of what the 1980s supermodels have. He radiates health and positivity. I think he has what it takes to be very big. It’s exciting because it signifies a real shift in men’s fashion. The male model world is changing.”
David Gandy 2012/2013 Campaigns
To see an up to date collection of Mr Gandy’s current campaigns and lookbooks on FashionBeans, click here.
- Marks & Spencer SS13 Collezione Advertising Campaign
- Marks & Spencer AW12 Advertising Campaign
- Massimo Dutti February 2013 Men’s Lookbook
- Lucky Brand SS13 Advertising Campaign
- Banana Republic Mad Men 2012 Collection Lookbook
- Thom Sweeney AW12 Lookbook
David Gandy – Personal Style
Gandy’s style is definitively masculine; when he’s not providing an astute example of tailored perfection, he’s keeping it simple in well-fitting denim and bold blockbuster leathers.
His style has a minimal edge to it and his tailoring is never overshadowed by an abundance of accessories; they are kept slight, rarely stretching past a pocket square and tie.
Gandy’s nominal approach is evident when dressing down too. While layers are one avenue in creating stylish outfits, a focus on fit and simplistic garments can often achieve the same result. For example, the signature Gandy casual look involves a shearling leather jacket with little more than a t-shirt and scarf for company.