Italian designer Riccardo Tisci leaves Givenchy after 12 years, in third shock departure in a week

Fashion world shocked by third major departure in a week, as creative director leaves French label to concentrate on personal interests and passions

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 12:02pm
UPDATED : Friday, 03 February, 2017, 12:02pm

There have been three resignations in the fashion world this week. Chloe is losing its creative director, Ralph Lauren is parting company with its CEO Stefan Larsson, and Italian designer Riccardo Tisci has left Givenchy after 12 years as the French fashion house’s creative director, in order to focus on his “personal interests and passions.”

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Givenchy, in a statement said it was “a joint decision” not to continue the collaboration, and that Tisci had officially left the company on January 31 “after a very successful 12-year partnership.”

The Italian creator revived the flagging label with a mix of street wear and couture, marked by a dark romanticism.

Givenchy chief executive Philippe Fortunato applauded Tisci’s “visionary qualities that led to a strong growth of the brand,” and thanked him for “his outstanding contribution to the international development and appeal” of the fashion house.

Tisci in the same statement, said he maintained “very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams.”

His latest menswear and haute couture collections for Givenchy, part of the French luxury group LVMH, were presented in Paris last month.

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Givenchy’s next ready-to-wear collection will be unveiled on March 5 at Paris Fashion Week.

Trained at Central Saint Martins, a top arts and design college in London, Tisci arrived at Givenchy in March 2005 as a relative unknown. After founder Hubert de Givenchy left the company in 1995 there was a run of British designers at the fashion house: John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald.

Tisci joins a series of designers who have left major labels recently, with changes in direction also at Dior, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Lanvin and Carven. Three days ago Chloé announced that its creative director Clare Waight Keller was stepping down after six years at the label.

Givenchy said Tisci’s replacement would be announced soon.

He thanked Givenchy for giving him a platform to express his creativity over the years, adding: “I now wish to focus on my personal interests and passions.”

There are some suggestions that the 42-year-old might find a new outlet for his talents with Versace.

He is friends with Donatella Versace, and in 2015 posed for a Versace advertising campaign. The Italian label had no comment.