Welcoming Givenchy’s First Female Creative Lead

WOMAN ON TOP. Succeeding Riccardo Tisci, Clare Waight Keller is the first female artistic director for the brand and the second in LVMH couture department

Clare Waite Keller the newly appointed artistic director for Givenchy. Shot by Steven Meisel

French luxury fashion house Givenchy has officially announced Clare Waight Keller as the new artistic director overseeing the menswear, womenswear and also the haute couture collection. The news came as a breath of fresh air following the surprise departure of Riccardo Tisci early this year, after holding the lead role since 2005.

It is predicted that this change in creative leadership will once again mark a dramatic change in the French brand’s core design. For starters, Clare Waight Keller is a British female designer who was, among others, responsible for transforming the heritage label Pringle of Scotland into a contemporary fashion brand. Her passion for fashion began from when she was five years old, being taught to knit by her mother. From there, she went on to study at Ravensbourne College of Art, where she graduated with a BA in fashion, before completing her MA in fashion knitwear at The Royal College of Art.

She eventually secured a job with Calvin Klein in New York, before moving on to work on Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label Menswear. Prior to reinventing the Pringle of Scotland brand in 2005, she had been hired by Tom Ford for Gucci, working alongside Francisco Costa and Christopher Bailey. In 2007, she was awarded the Scottish Cashmere Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Eventually leaving Pringle of Scotland in 2011 due to personal reasons, Waight Keller went on to replace Hannah MacGibbon as the creative director at Chloé.

Needless to say, high anticipation awaits her first collection this October for Givenchy’s 2018 spring/summer collection.