Riccardo Tisci Leaves Givenchy After 12 Years

After 12 years as Creative Director of the iconic fashion house, Riccardo Tisci is leaving his role at Givenchy.

The designer was appointed to the post in 2005, replacing Julien MacDonald after showing his own AW ’05 collection in Milan to critical acclaim. Tisci revitalized the French fashion house with breathtaking haute couture shows as well as luxury sportswear and sneakers. He cast Brazilian transgender model Lea T in his 2010 RTW show and subsequent ad campaign, as well as fostering strong relationships with muses as widely varied as Beyonce, Madonna, and the Kardashians. And let’s not forget that he designed the cover of Jay-Z and Kanye’s Grammy-winning collab album, Watch the Throne.

“I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams,” Tisci said in a statement. “I want to thank the LVMH group and Monsieur Bernard Arnault for giving me the platform to express my creativity over the years. I now wish to focus on my personal interests and passions.”

Bernard Arnauld, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH, the conglomerate which owns Givenchy and hired Tisci after his Milan show, said, “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.”

Tisci’s last show with Givenchy took place last month at Couture Week in Paris. Tisci left when his contract ended January 31, and as a result, the label will not show at the upcoming Paris Fashion Week.

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