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Givenchy names Clare Waight Keller as artistic director

Givenchy names Clare Waight Keller as artistic director

Givenchy has tapped designer Clare Waight Keller as its new artistic director.

Keller recently showed her last ever collection at Chloe after six years as its creative director, with Natacha Ramsay-Levi taking over her post at the brand.

She’s had no time to relax though as Givenchy’s chief executive officer Philippe Fortunato has announced the fashionista has joined his company, taking over from Riccardo Tisci, who left last month (Feb17). She will begin her new role on 2 May (17).

“The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family,” Fortunato said in a statement. “I am very excited to see Clare bring her singular sense of elegance and modernity to Givenchy. By exploring our maison’s 65-year heritage and the outstanding savoir faire of its ateliers, I am convinced Clare will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”

Keller will be the first woman to head up the famous brand, with other former designers to helm including Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Tisci held the job for 12 years; the longest tenure since founder Hubert de Givenchy was in charge.

“Hubert de Givenchy’s confident style has always been an inspiration, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this legendary house’s history,” Waight Keller smiled. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”

Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of parenting company LVMH, also shared his delight at the new appointment, noting that her expertise will allow Givenchy to “next the next phase of its unique path”.

Waight Keller will unveil her first collection for the label during Paris Fashion Week in October (17).

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