Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director of Givenchy, has just announced her departure from the fashion house. Keller was the first woman AD at the French luxury brand in which one of the British designer’s notable accomplishments was being able to dress Meghan Markle for her royal wedding in 2018. Her last offering ended with the women’s Fall/Winter 2020 presentation in March.
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From the heart ♥️ After three truly wonderful years, the time has come to close my chapter at Givenchy. As the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Maison, I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life. Focusing on a world based on Haute Couture has been one of the highlights of my professional journey. I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams : your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between. Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe ❤️ Love, Clare
Keller is the former Chloé creative director and stylist and joined Givenchy in 2017 when creative director Riccardo Tisci (currently at Burberry) left. Keller’s duties included overhauling the label’s fashion output, scents, accessories and footwear. She spent three years making the house’s menswear, womenswear and accessories line what it is today.
I want to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her contribution to Givenchy’s latest chapter. Under her creative leadership, and in great collaboration with its ateliers and teams, the Maison reconnected with the founding values of Hubert de Givenchy and his innate sense of elegance. I wish Clare all the best in her future endeavors.Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group
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The House of Givenchy and Clare Waight Keller announce the end of their collaboration. Givenchy wants to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter 🖤 Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group, states: “I want to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her contribution to Givenchy's latest chapter. Under her creative leadership, and in great collaboration with its ateliers and teams, the Maison reconnected with the founding values of Hubert de Givenchy and his innate sense of elegance. I wish Clare all the best in her future endeavors.”
No word on Givenchy’s replacement nor Keller’s future plans.