riccardo tisci has left givenchy

After 12 years at the helm, during which time Tisci imbedded his diverse family of creatives with the brand, Givenchy have announced that the designer has departed the house.

by Charlotte Gush
02 February 2017, 9:19pm

Givenchy have confirmed that creative director Riccardo Tisci has left the house after 12 years at the helm. The French maison confirmed to WWD that autumn/winter 17 men's and couture 17 were Tisci's final collections, and that they will not show during Paris Fashion Week on 5 March, but will sell a studio-designed collection to stores via a showroom.

Posting on his Instagram, Tisci writes, "A giant heartfelt thank you to #givenchy, #lvmh, my incredible team, the magical atelier and everyone who made these 93 collections possible and all the other crazy adventures. Your love and support, in the day and in the night, will forever remain in my heart. #love #givenchy #forever".

Read: In 2010, after five years at the helm of Givenchy, we met Riccardo to discuss his inspirational reinvention of the house

In a statement, LVMH's Bernard Arnault, says, "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."

From the beefy sportswear aesthetic of autumn/winter 11's barking rottweilers, stars and chain prints, to the much-imitated monochrome tailoring of spring/summer 10 and the diaphanous but powerful feathered gowns of his couture collections, Tisci's work is unmistakable.

A true showman, he collaborated with Marina Abramovic on a spectacular spring/summer 16 show in New York, designed in collaboration with the high priestess of performance art, seeing performers move ritualistically in an outdoor set, to the sound of monks chanting as the sun set over the Hudson.

Abramovic is part of a creative family that Tisci has cultivated around himself and the brand that also includes the iconic model Mariacarla Boscono, pop culture stars like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, and subculture and industry names like Lady Fag and Catherine Baba. He was an early proponent of trans models such as Lea T.

Tisci's departure from Givenchy fuels rumours that the Italian designer is headed to Versace, who have reportedly been chasing him. It is well known that Tisci is a big admired of Gianni Versace's work, and he is great friends with Donatella Versace, who he appeared with in the autumn/winter 15 Givenchy 'Family' campaign.

Read: Are the Versace rumours true? As we wait to see Tisci's next move, read our interview with with the Queen of Italian Glamour herself, Donatella


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
The Lovers of Life Issue, no. 305, Pre-Spring 2010