Clare Waight Keller named Givenchy’s new artistic director

Clare Waight Keller named Givenchy’s new artistic director

After months of speculations the French house confirmed Clare Waight Keller as the successor to Riccardo Tisci, who left the LVMH-owned brand after his combined Fall 2017 men’s and Spring 2017 haute couture show in January.

“The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family,” said Philippe Fortunato, CEO of Givenchy, in a statement. “I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our maison’s 65-year heritage and the outstanding savoir faire of its ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

Clare Waight Keller named Givenchy’s new artistic director

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

“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,” said Waight Keller. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”

Formerly the creative director of Chloé, Waight Keller is to be the first woman to lead at Givenchy and will oversee all creative responsibilities at the house, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, as well as haute couture. 

The appointment is effective May 2 and Keller’s first collection for the brand, for Spring 2018, will be shown in Paris this October.

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