The artistic director of Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller has announced her departure from the fashion house. The British designer’s first collection for the house was Resort 2018, while her final presentation was women’s Fall/Winter 2020 which was showcased on March 1, 2020.
Sidney Toledano, the chairman and CEO of LVMH said in a statement: “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.”
The designer said to WWD: “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.”
Givenchy has yet to announce a replacement. Similarly, Keller hasn’t revealed her future plans.
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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
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With the absence of an artistic director, and factory shutdowns due to the coronavirus outbreak, Givenchy has cancelled its women’s pre-spring collection, and it will not produce a fall 2020 couture collection. the fashion house plans to prepare a big men’s collection which will combine pre-spring and runway for sale in its showrooms in June.