Burberry has tapped Riccardo Tisci as its new Chief Creative Officer effective March 12, 2018. Tisci is replacing Christopher Bailey, who served as the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the heritage house for 17-years before stepping down last year.
Tisci was the artistic director of Givenchy for 12-years, before exiting the LVMH-owned brand last February. His last collection for Givenchy was shown in January at Couture Week in Paris. Following his departure, rumors began swirling that the Italian designer would be joining Versace, however, they were quickly shut down.
In a statement this morning, Tisci says “I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry as its new chief creative officer and reuniting with Marco Gobbetti. I have an enormous respect for Burberry’s British heritage and global appeal and I am excited about the potential of this exceptional brand.”
Echoing on his statement, Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Burberry, added: “I am delighted that Riccardo is joining Burberry as Chief Creative Officer. Riccardo is one of the most talented designers of our time. His designs have an elegance that is contemporary and his skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury consumer. Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury.”
The Central Saint Martins graduate previously worked for a number of brands including Antonio Berardi, Coccapani, Puma, and Ruffo Research. In September 2004 he set up an eponymous ready-to-wear label, before joining Givenchy as its artistic director in February 2005. During his tenure, Tisci developed close relationships with a number of artists and A-listers including Rihanna, Madonna, and Beyoncé, as well as Kim Kardashian West, whose wedding dress he designed in 2014.