The House of Givenchy was founded by Hubert de Givenchy in 1952. The name came to epitomise stylish elegance, and many celebrities of the age chose Hubert de Givenchy as their designer of choice.
In March 2005, the Italian designer Riccardo Tisci was appointed creative director for the Givenchy Femme haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.
In March 2008, Givenchy announced the renewal contract of Riccardo Tisci as Artistic Director. In addition to the Women’s Haute Couture, Ready to Wear, and Accessory collections, his role has been expanded to encompass the Men’s Ready to Wear and Accessory collections. His first Menwear collection will be presented in the Spring 2009 season.
Pampered by his mother and his eight sisters, Riccardo Tisci has preserved the uwavering desire to recreate the tenderness that he received from women’s hearts. From the steep path that has taken him from the south of Italy to the perfumed salons of Parisian haute couture, via Saint Martin’s College in London, he would learn clear-sightedness, skill and discipline.
The designer draws on thee same standards of excellence to twist the codes of the House of Givenchy, restrainedly playing with a palette of non-colours, greys, blacks, whites and beiges, set off with occasional flashes of ruby and topaz, to better outline a streamlined and uncluttered silhouette. The company’s “flou” and “tailleur” workshops are put to the service of innovative haute couture, which Riccardo Tisci translates with flair into graphic and structured ready-to-wear.
Aristocratic and distinctive, sober and sensual, the Givenchy woman’s style reflects the path Riccardo Tisci has taken: far-reaching. By avoiding the pitfalls of fashion and seasonal trends, Riccardo Tisci has tenaciously built a coherent, modern universe of Givenchy, firmly anchored in the company’s illustrious heritage, but determinedly forward-looking.