Riccardio Tisci, head designer for French fashion house Givenchy since 2005, has exited the brand. Yet the departure of a head designer of a luxury fashion house may not seem so critical anymore. Over the past year, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Chloé, and Oscar de la Renta are all high fashion houses that have seen their head designers leave.
And Tisci’s exit from Givenchy was far from being on ill-terms. “I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams. 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,” Tisci told WWD.
Givenchy also expressed their gratitude towards Tisci in a recent post from their Instagram: “The House of Givenchy applauds Riccardo Tisci’s vision that led to a very successful twelve-year partnership. We warmly thank him for his outstanding contribution to our beautiful ongoing story.”
Through the Givenchy house and the couture scene, Tisci quickly became one of the world’s most influential designers. He became close knit with distinguished individuals and dressed celebrities such as the Kardashian and West families, Madonna, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Tisci’s unique perception of fashion is what helped forge Givenchy’s prestigious identity.
And during Tisci’s lead as head designer, Givenchy increased more than sixfold in size according to market resources. The brand’s revenues are now north of 500 million euros, or $540 million at current exchange. The number of employees has risen to more than 930 from 290 in 2005.
Tisci’s last collections were fall men’s wear and spring couture, which were shown together at the National Library of France in Paris on January 20. The house of Givenchy will not stage a runway show on March 5 during Paris Fashion Week. The fall 2017 women’s collection will be designed by the studio and sold to retailers in Givenchy’s Paris showroom as usual.