David Gandy is an international supermodel, designer, columnist and charity ambassador. He has been at the forefront of the male modelling industry since winning a modelling competition on ITV’s This Morning in 2001. Over his career that has spanned nearly two decades he has worked with the top names in the industry including Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and GQ. He has also fronted and designed collections of his own including a hugely popular underwear, swimwear and loungewear line with Marks & Spencer and an aerodrome inspired collaboration with Aspinal of London in 2018.
“modelling credentials include a wealth of experience with the best names in fashion.”
David cemented his position as one of the most recognisable faces in fashion with his iconic partnership with Dolce & Gabbana. Following becoming the brand’s muse in 2006, he has starred annually in their apparel campaigns and as the face of their Light Blue fragrance. This has seen David feature on a 50ft billboard on Times Square, gain over 11 million internet hits and appear in the brands first Light Blue winter campaign shot by Mario Testino in 2016. The fashion house has also released a coffee table book focussed solely on Gandy, celebrating his work and relationship with the brand.
“the first and only male model nominated for the BFC’s Model of the Year”
His modelling credentials include a wealth of experience with the best names in fashion. David has worked with Naomi Campbell for Fashion For Relief and other supermodels including Gisele, Eva Herzigova and Bianca Balti and actress, Scarlett Johansson. Moreover, David was the only male model to represent his country and walk alongside supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell as part of the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. In the same year he featured on 16 magazine covers and 18 fashion editorials. Prior to this, he made history becoming the first and only male model nominated for the BFC’s Model of the Year award.
David has also undertaken several ambassadorial roles for a range of well respected brands. These have included, becoming official ambassador for London Collections: Men alongside Tinie Tempah and Dermot O’Leary and being brand ambassador for Wellman Vitamins and Supplements, produced by Vitabiotics. He has also undertaken various charitable roles; for instance, being appointed fashion ambassador for Comic Relief in 2013 and launching the Blue Steel Appeal, a series of events and initiatives helping to fundraise through fashion.
“David Gandy for Autograph… brand’s fasted-ever selling menswear collection”
David has not shied away from undertaking large projects of his own, from launching his Men’s Style Guide app named David Gandy Fitness and Training to acquiring cult small shoe label, David Preston, acting as chairman and ambassador for the brand. Additionally, his David Gandy for Autograph collection has been extremely popular with the 8-piece swimwear line launched in 2015 becoming the brand’s fasted-ever selling menswear collection as one pair of trunks sold every minute. The collection has since expanded to include underwear, sleepwear, sports-inspired loungewear and beachwear. Most recently in 2018, David unveiled his tailoring collection for M&S. For the first time ever, David transcended his role as Marks & Spencer’s tailoring ambassador to design his very own capsule collection of suits and outwear pieces including a midnight blue double-breasted tuxedo, a Princes of Wales check three-suit and a heavy-duty navy wool overcoat.
David has collaborated with Aspinal of London on The Aerodrome Collaboration, a design collaboration capsule that takes inspiration from the skies. The collection combines David’s well-known sense of style with Aspinal’s trademark craftmanship across the 18 pieces of men’s accessories and travel kit. Most recently in December 2018, David teamed up with Mango Men for their Icon of Style campaign whereby Mango focus on David as an icon and he discussed subjects he knows very well – men’s style, vintage cars, pets and his new collaboration with Mango.
“David’s infatuation with all things automotive”
David’s interests by no means stop at fashion. Passionate about cars, David’s infatuation with all things automotive is at the heart of his GQ column ‘David Gandy Drives’ which he has written since 2011, and led to him being invited to participate in the 2013 Italian open-road endurance race, Mille Miglia, with fellow model Yasmin le Bon. In the same year, he appeared alongside Jodie Kidd and Quentin Wilson on Channel 5’s The Classic Car Show comparing a £1million classic Mercedes against its modern counterpart at London Fashion Week. Then, in 2015 he joined the iRace Pro Team of Vector Martini Racing in 2015. Under the instruction of Vector professionals, David trained as a powerboat racing pilot and undertook a World Endurance Record as part of the Vector four-man crew.