Givenchy Officially Appoints Clare Waight Keller

Clare Waight Keller Is Givenchy's New Artistic Director

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Givenchy named Clare Waight Keller as its new artistic director on Thursday, making her the first woman at the creative helm of the French fashion house founded by Hubert de Givenchy in 1952. She is now the second female designer taking the creative lead at an LVMH couture house. The long-awaited reveal came via the brand's Instagram account who posted a portrait of the British born designer by Steven Meisel with the caption '2017.

When the news of Tisci's departure broke in February, a frenzy of speculation began as to who would replace him.

Tisci, 43, is credited with reviving Givenchy by cultivating links with a long line of celebrities including Beyonce, Madonna and Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian.

A knitwear specialist, she made her name by turning Pringle of Scotland from a rather staid knitwear-maker into a fashion brand.

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By contrast, Waight Keller is known for her feminine and bohemian approach to design. The biggest question for Waight Keller is just how different her vision for Givenchy will be.

"I am very happy to have Clare Waight Keller join the LVMH group", Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of LVMH, said in the statement. Previous creative directors included John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, and Julien Macdonald.

She will become the first woman to head up the LVMH-owned house - this news following the company's appointment of Maria Grazia Chiuri as the first woman to lead Dior past year. The much talked about Givenchy artistic director position is one of the most lucrative in the industry today. Recent rumors suggest he will succeed Donatella Versace at the Italian house.

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