If one had to pigeon hole Riccardo Tisci, he'll without a doubt be the master of all things dark and provocative. During his 11 year stint (and counting) at Givenchy, the Italian design prodigy has gone where little have dared — marrying unlikely cultural influences (think: Chola meets Victorian) and turning religious iconography on its head. This fall 2016, Tisci takes us back to a time Before Christ, alongside a sartorial manifesto on freedom and a distinct, quiet beauty plied in the realm of couture.

Cue the Eye of Horus emblazoned across luxurious silks, graphical tributes to Berlin's club kids, and a showcase of the atelier's laser-sharp precision. Behind-the-scenes, these backstage images are testament to the smorgasbord of textural fabrics, fantastical details, and all-round cornucopia of signature Tisci brilliance that goes into a Givenchy show. Enjoy. 

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Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections

Backstage: Behind Givenchy's RTW, couture and men's fall/winter 2016 collections