From Transgender Ad Campaigns To Kanye West In A Kilt: 6 Reasons Why Riccardo Tisci's Time At Givenchy Will Go Down In Fashion History

From Transgender Ad Campaigns To Kanye West In A Kilt: 6 Reasons Why Riccardo Tisci's Time At Givenchy Will Go Down In Fashion History

As the news breaks that the designer is leaving Givenchy, we look back at his most iconic moments...

After 12 years as creative director at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci is leaving the fashion house. Tisci is credited with having reinvented the brand with his sensual and romantic gothic aesthetic and growing its couture business alongside introducing streetwear to its menswear collections.

His departure was confirmed today by the house who noted that his last collection was shown in January at couture fashion week. As a result, the brand will not hold a runway show during Paris fashion week.

In a statement Bernard Arnault , chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH said: 'The chapter Riccardo Tisci has written with the house of Givenchy over the last 12 years represents an incredible vision to sustain its continuous success, and I would like to warmly thank him for his core contribution to the house’s development.' 

'I have very special affection for the House of Givenchy and its beautiful teams,' Tisci added. '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.'

In the industry speculation has been rife for months that Tisci 's next move will be to Versace. The designer is long-term friends with Donatella Versace who he even cast in a Givenchy ad campaign in 2015 and his design aesthetic is seen as a perfect fit for the brand.

As we wait for confirmation on his next move, here are six reasons with Riccardo's time at Givenchy will truly go down in fashion history....

 

1. Those Viral Ad campaigns...

During his 12 years at the house, Tisci earned a reputation for creating provocative ad campaigns that were guaranteed to go viral. From A-listers such as Julia Roberts and Giselle to a naked Irina Shayk, the designer was never afraid to make a statement. He has featured transgender and albino models long before the word 'diversity' became fashion's most used word, jumpstarting many a model career including Ming Xi who in tribute has a tattoo that reads: 'By Riccardo Tisci.'

 

2. His zero-f**ks attitude to the Kim Kardashian criticism...

Tisci was one of the first designers to embrace Kim Kardashian and agree to dress her way back in 2010 and eventually designing her wedding dress in 2014.  In an interview Tisci spoke of being slated by others in the industry but how he still agreed to do it... 'She was accepted] by nobody....and she's a sweet girl. And Kanye and me, we did it together. Every designer is dying to dress her now. I didn't care what people thought about Kim. In the beginning, I met her because of my respect for Kanye, and then I liked her a lot and we became friends. I got killed because of this. But I didn't care.'

 

3. Those streetstyle bait pieces...

Long before every brand realised that a printed sweatshirt or sloganed t-shirt was key for being streetstyled during fashion week Tisci was creating these original Instabait pieces. His 2011 sweatshirt featuring a menacing Rottweiler portrait has spawned countless knock-offs as did his Bambi tee in 2013. And who can forget in that same year his series of religious prints featuring depictions of the Madonna.

 

4. His take on haute couture... 

Tisci suspended doing full couture shows in 2012 explaining in an interview: 'All these women working on one dress — it can take 300 hours to make a top! And people saw it from a runway and couldn't see the workmanship. So I do couture for Hollywood and real life. When actresses wear these dresses at major events, the world is watching. The way we do couture now is personal — it's modern.' In his menswear spring summer 2016 collection, he peppered the show with 12 couture looks on what the brand called the 'Ultimate Tisci dream gang' featuring Naomi Campbell, Kendall Jenner and Joan Smalls.

 

5. Those memorable red carpet moments...

From Kim Kardashian's meme worthy sofa dress to Madonna's literal bum exposure at the 2916 Met Gala, when it came to memorable red carpet moments you could always rely on Tisci to perform. 

 

6. His musical collaborations...

From putting Kanye West in a leather kilt to Rihanna's thigh high studded boots, Madonna's jewel encrusted crown and Beyonce's embellished gowns, when it came to music tour costumes, you knew when Givenchy were involved whoever it was, was going to have total stage presence.

 

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