Clare Waight Keller Leaves Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller Leaves Givenchy

Clare Waight Keller Leaves Givenchy

The artistic director and designer of the French fashion house will be parting ways after only three years.

The artistic director and designer of the French fashion house will be parting ways after only three years.

Text: Michaela Zee

Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of Givenchy, is stepping down from her position after just three years. 

Besides her notable achievement of designing Meghan Markle’s bridal gown for the royal wedding in 2018, the British designer is also known for bringing Givenchy haute couture back to the runway. Her final collection for the French brand was the Fall/Winter 2020 ready-to-wear shown during Paris Fashion Week in March.

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“I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: Your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories,” Waight Keller told WWD in a statement. “My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between.” 

Clare Waight Keller was the first woman to lead Givenchy when she joined in 2017. Her predecessors include Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Julien MacDonald, and Riccardo Tisci. 

With the absence of its artistic director, as well as ongoing shutdowns due to the COVID-19 crisis, Givenchy will no longer debut a couture collection this Fall. The French luxury fashion house will be announcing a new “creative organization” at a later date.  

“Under her creative leadership, and in great collaboration with its ateliers and teams, the Maison reconnected with the founding values of Hubert de Givenchy and his innate sense of elegance,” said Sidney Toledano, the chairman and chief executive of LVMH Fashion Group, in a statement. “I wish Clare all the best in her future endeavors.”

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