It’s official! Creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, left the fashion house after 12 years. Where is he heading to next?

The creative director of Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci, is leaving the fashion house. After 12 years of being a creative director of Givenchy, he will change labels. Rumors say that Riccardo Tisci will join Versace.

The couture house, owned by LVMH, will be left without a designer whose signature is seen all over the dark and romantic Givenchy collections. Reportedly, he left Givenchy on Jan. 31. This is the day when his contract ended.

Riccardo Tisci showed his very last collection for Givenchy in January at Couture Week in Paris. Givenchy will not be present at Paris Fashion Week because of Riccardo Tisci’s departure.

“The chapter Riccardo Tisci has written with the house of Givenchy over the last 12 years represents an incredible vision to sustain its continuous success, and I would like to warmly thank him for his core contribution to the house’s development,” said the chief executive officer of LVMH, Bernard Arnault.

During his 12 years at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci was gave life and a signature to Givenchy’s womenswear, menswear collections and also to accessories.

Riccardo Tisci was born in Taranto, in the south of Italy. He studied at Central Saint Martins in London and graduated in 1999. When he came back to Italy, he worked with various brands like Puma, Antonio Berardi, Coccapani and Ruffo Research. He showed his very first collection during Milan Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2005. His collection caught an attention of LVMH. Later, he replaced Julien Macdonald as creative director of Givenchy fashion house in February 2005.

“I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams,” said Riccardo Tisci. “I want to thank the LVMH group and Monsieur Bernard Arnault for giving me the platform to express my creativity over the years. I now wish to focus on my personal interests and passions.” 

Givenchy is one of the most successful luxury brands owned by LVMH.  It was always associated with French actress Audrey Hepburn. She was a loyal client of Hubert de Givenchy’s collection. He designed most of Hepburn’s iconic Hollywood costumes.

Riccardo Tisci is famous for his signature embellished, gothic-futurist touch to haute couture collections. He also made graphic sweatshirts, sneakers, and sport-inspired pieces — a signature design of Givenchy. Tisci also booked Brazilian transgender model Lea T. for the advertising campaign, as well as casting her to walk in Givenchy’s ready-to-wear runway show in 2010.

He was building relationships with famous celebrities and artists such as Madonna, Beyonce and Marina Abramović. Riccardo Tisci was a designer of the artwork for Kanye and Jay-Z’s collaboration Watch the Throne — which won a Grammy in 2011. He is one of the first fashion designers who welcomed Kim Kardashian West and the Kardashian-Jenner family into the French fashion industry. Later on, he designed Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress in 2014.

Rumors say that he might join to Italian fashion house, Versace. He is a very close friend with the fashion designer, Donatella Versace. Donatella and Riccardo posed together for Givenchy’s Fall 2015 advertising campaign.

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