It was announced and confirmed today that Riccardo Tisci, artistic director of Givenchy, would be leaving his role at the fashion house after 12 years. According to WWD, the amicable and mutual parting came at the end of his contract on January 31st. His last collections, the Fall-Winter 2017 menswear collection and Spring Couture collection, were both shown last month in Paris.
Tisci was recruited by Givenchy in 2005 and appointed as the creative director of its haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories lines. He brought stability after a decade of volatility following the succession of Hubert de Givenchy’s retirement in 1995 by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien MacDonald. As one of the first designers to bring streetwear into a luxury fashion house, some notable pieces from the Tisci era were his Rottweiler printed graphic tees, Madonna and Child sweatshirts, and his collection from the Riccardo Tisci x Nike Air Force 1 collaboration. From Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress to Kanye West’s leather kilt, Tisci was also responsible for many iconic looks on the red carpet, having dressed celebrities like Meryl Streep and Madonna.
Although Tisci said in his statement, “I now wish to focus on my personal interests and passions,” there is speculation that the French designer is headed to the Italian fashion house, Versace. Neither Givenchy or Versace has yet to confirm this. Tisci’s successor has also yet to be announced.
From Raf Simons to Alexander Wang, this isn’t the first time we’ve witnessed the departure of big designers from their brands. Having had a sixfold increase and growth of nearly triple the number of employees since 2005, what will this mean for Givenchy and what is next in store?
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