It’s official: Clare Waight Keller is the new artistic director of Givenchy. The British designer is replacing Riccardo Tisci, who stepped down from his position in January. Keller is the second female designer to take the helms at an LVMH couture house, following Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior.
The brand took to Instagram to announce the news, then announced by WWD minutes ago, an hour after teasing their 7.7 million followers with a cryptic photo of the label’s founder, Hubert de Givenchy, captioned “true elegance comes with a natural gesture, an attitude in simplicity.”
Tisci held the position since 2005; prior to him, the house previously had John Galliano, Lee Alexander McQueen, and Julien MacDonald as creative directors. Keller, who graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, honed her skills at Calvin Klein and Gucci, before serving as the creative director of Pringle of Scotland in 2005, then Chloé in 2011. Keller presented her final collection for the house of Chloé at the most recent Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. This will be her first time designing for a haute couture house. Watch this space.