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Gucci books Vanessa Redgrave for 2017 campaign

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele shot his 2017 cruise campaign at English stately home Chatsworth House.

Vanessa Redgrave has been named the face of Gucci's 2017 collection at the age of 79.

The stunning photos for the campaign were taken at Chatsworth House, the 16th century Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, following Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele's commitment to support cultural activities at the rambling country estate for a three-year period.

Glen Luchford took the upper class-inspired pictures, which were styled by Joe McKenna and include shots of Vanessa and another model wearing Union Flag sweaters while sitting next to a stunning period desk dressed with expensive artwork, and also outside in the garden where a gorgeous Gucci handbag is casually hung from the handle of a spade while chickens forage nearby. Geese and dogs also appear in the photos alongside Foxcatcher star Redgrave and her younger supporting model cast: Hannelore Knuts, Ellen de Weer, Sophia Friesen, Nika Cole, Dwight Hoogendijk, Nick Fortna, Conner Rowson and Victor Kusma.

It's the latest step in support of all things British by Alessandro who showed his cruise 2017 collection in June (16) at Westminster Abbey, the famed London church where Prince William and Catherine Middleton married in 2011, and where many British monarchs are buried.

"The idea of the show is an homage to the city, because I love English people," he noted back in the summer. "I chose Westminster Abbey because everyone has this idea of London being cool, but for me the history is what's really cool."

Vanessa Redgrave, 79, is one of Britain's most acclaimed actresses and has been nominated for an Academy Award six times. She won the Best Supporting Actress gong in 1977 for Julia. She is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and reportedly turned down a Damehood (DBE). Vanessa has also campaigned for scores of human rights cases.

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