Jacci Conderacci became "Gacci" when her badly rendered John Hancock "J" began looking like a General Mills "G" in high school. When she found herself in New York City in the 1970s during the Gucci years, and drawing shoes, "Gacci" became her pen name and only name.
Gacci came to New York in 1977 to become a film editor and began an apprenticeship with Max Seligman in the Sardi Building. She secured a part time waitress position at Sardi's Restaurant, famous for their celebrity caricatures. This inspired her when she fell in love with her first Broadway show, "A Chorus Line" and approached Mr. Sardi about doing shoe portraits of Broadway star's shoes. Graciously and generously, Vincent Sardi gave Gacci the entire second floor to display her work. She illustrated over 90 original Show Shoe portraits from 1977-1979 which hung at Sardi's. Among the celebrities she drew were Jack Lemmon, Henry Fonda, Yul Bryner, Angela Lansbury, Kevin Kline, Jim Dale and AL Pacino, to name a few. She also did numerous live art events at Mario Valentino and Fiorucci. In 1980, she and Kurt Vonnegut had a two person show at the Margo Feiden Gallery most known for the work of Al Hirschfeld. She appeared in "The Daily News," "The New York TImes" and on "Good Morning, America."
Commercially, Gacci illustrated shoe ads for Mario of Florence, the prestigious Park Avenue Italian shoe company and major footwear companies such as Capezio, Famolare, Hush Puppies, Nina, and Caressa. Her illustrations appeared in "Women's Wear Daily", "W," "The New York Times," and "Interview."
In 1981, Gacci began an illustrious career producing a shoe magazine for the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) for 18 years with the founder and president of FFANY, Dick Jacobson. She was the graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, writer and editor. Her last endeavor combined the most famous shoe designers of the 1990s with an interpretive painting of their shoes as a book and resides in the Shoe Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Gacci marketed her work in posters, postcards and coffee mugs. Today, there are a limited number of original posters available on this site, all signed and dated by Gacci.
Let's hope it gets good ones soon!