Riccardo Tisci: I took Givenchy job for money
Riccardo Tisci almost turned down the post of creative director at Givenchy, but realised he needed the money to support his family.
The fashion designer was appointed the prestigious role in February 2005 and has taken the label from strength to strength since, winning fans such as Kim Kardashian, Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman along the way. At the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event on Monday (02Nov15) Riccardo took time to reflect upon his job, which he admits he didn't even want at first.
"When they asked me, I was at a moment in my life where I was very young and just about to find my own identity so I didn't really want to take the job," he told Vogue European editor-at-large Hamish Bowles. "I was completely panicked about it. Financially my family was not doing well, so that was the reason I said yes to this job."
Riccardo also discussed his struggles at the beginning, revealing his dark and dramatic designs didn't go down well at first. However, he stayed true to his vision and focused on creating an identity for the house with his creations, avoiding the media and celebrity interaction at the time.
"The first five years... I was too shy to give interviews," he sighed. "I was not in any press. I decided to stop dressing celebrities and I didn't have the courage yet to dress somebody."
Like every other big name in the industry, Riccardo has a hectic schedule. With clothes, accessories and fragrances to his name the fashion star has little time to relax, but still makes sure to post regular updates on social media. Hamish wanted to know his secret, quizzing him on how he makes his Instagram account look like: "so much well-travelled fun".
"The first five years I was a workaholic," Riccardo explained. "Everything changed after John Galliano (was fired from Dior) and Alexander McQueen (committed suicide). So that made me stop and think."