Givenchy Announces Clare Waight Keller as Its New Artistic Director

Givenchy Announces Clare Waight Keller as Its New Artistic Director

Givenchy will continue to be in good hands.

Givenchy will continue to be in good hands.

Text: Truman Ports

After her departure as creative director from French fashion house Chloé last month, and after weeks of speculation of where she might end up next, famed luxury fashion house Givenchy announced today that Clare Waight Keller will be stepping into Riccardo Tisci's stylish shoes as Givenchy's new artistic director, effective May 2.

Much like Maria Grazia Chiuri is for Dior, Waight Keller will be the first woman to lead at Givenchy since its founding in 1952, following Tisci's 12 year tenure with the LVMH-owned brand, a position held previously by Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, and John Galliano.

"Hubert de Givenchy's confident style has always been an inspiration and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary house’s history," Waight Keller said in a statement regarding her new position. "I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story."

With the talented Waight Keller joining the brand as artistic director, a slight shift in style is not unlikely. The British designer was known at Chloé for her calmer designs that aired on the side of bohemian and even a little sporty, whereas her predecessor Tisci's body of work is wilder and sometimes racy, featuring prints, embellishments, and more urban wear. Tisci also embraced celebrity culture, working with Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Madonna, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, and Nicole Kidman, slightly reminiscent of founder Hubert de Givenchy and his muse Audrey Hepburn.

“I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH group,” chairman of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in announcing the news. “I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path.”

Waight Keller got her start in the New York fashion world with Calvin Klein after graduating from London's Royal College of Art. She's also worked with with Tom Ford at Gucci and has overseen menswear design at Ralph Lauren for the Purple Label. With a long list of experience on her resume, there's no doubt that Waight Keller will continue to soar towards success as the artistic director for Givenchy.

Credits: Photo banner from the Chloé site.

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