Givenchy appoints new artistic director

French luxury brand Givenchy has announced the appointment of a new artistic director – Clare Waight Keller. She will replace Riccardo Tisci, who left the fashion power house earlier this year. The brand broke the news on social media with an image of Keller, who will officially start her new position in May.

In a statement, Philippe Fortunato, CEO of Givenchy, said: “The teams join me in warmly welcoming Clare Waight Keller into the Givenchy family. 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, who was previously at Chloe, will follow in the footsteps of fellow Brits and former artistic directors, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald. She is also the first female to lead the brand.

“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,” said Waight Keller. “I look forward to working with the teams and writing a new chapter in this beautiful story.”

Photo credit: Givenchy (shot by renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel)