Breaking news: Riccardo Tisci leaves Givenchy

Breaking news: Riccardo Tisci leaves Givenchy

A new era

Text: Meera Navlakha

Image: Instagram | @givenchyofficial

It's been a fantastic run: We bid Riccardo Tisci goodbye, and anticipate Givenchy's next chapter

As we’re still reeling from Clare Waight Keller’s departure from French fashion house Chloé, yet another esteemed individual has announced his exit. Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Givenchy, is leaving his role after 12 years at the brand, amidst speculation that he is making the move to Versace. Tisci has been credited to bring Givenchy to the millennial era, with his dark, thought-provoking collections serving as fuel for a loyal fan-base. His penchant for skulls and crosses has served as streetstyle inspiration all around the world. LVMH, the French company which owns Givenchy amongst many other brands, calls Givenchy one of its most successful.

“The chapter Riccardo Tisci has written with the house of Givenchy over the last 12 years represents an incredible vision to sustain its continuous success, and I would like to warmly thank him for his core contribution to the house’s development,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH in a statement.

Tisci joined Givenchy in 2005, at a time when the brand had little identity or continuity. This changed with Tisci’s reign, which catapulted signature graphic designs and white shirts to fame, all while adding a gothic touch. Tisci’s couture collections held as much weight, with him redefining Givenchy’s presence in the fashion world. Prior to this, he graduated from Central Saint Martins and created his own label, which caught the attention of many. The Italian designer has successfully showcased his distinctive views and surpassed what Givenchy was previously known for, while retaining the essence of what the Parisian fashion house has always been about. At this stage, a successor has not been announced.

After over a glorious decade of being at the helm of Givenchy, Tisci’s departure will ensure that there are massive shoes to fill.