After just three years, creative director Clare Waight Keller departs Givenchy. Her initial contract marks both the start and the end of the feministic Waight Keller-era at the renowned fashion house.
Cover photo: © Unsplash
Clare Waight Keller
It just came as a shock that the talented Clare Waight Keller departs Givenchy after only three years. In this short period of time, she brought the renowned fashion house to the fore with dazzling haute couture collections, as well as with her feministic slogans and beliefs. There are so many highlights to elaborate on, but the most important one must have been that Waight Keller dressed Meghan Markle for the royal wedding. Her last collection was presented in March during Paris Fashion Week. The fashion house will announce “a new creative organization” at a later date.
Clare Waight Keller’s leave has some consequences for the near future of the brand. Since the absence of a creative director and closed factories, Givenchy announced they will neither do their women’s pre-spring collection, nor their fall 2020 couture collection.
On Instagram, Clare Waight Keller shared an emotional message:
“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.”
Clare Waight Keller was the first female creative director ever at Givenchy, since its establishment in 1952. Waight Keller’s predecessors were John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald and Tisci. Not the least.
Waight Keller created a rebirth of haute couture on the runway. She did not only dress Meghan Markle very often, she also brought back the brand to the red carpet. She worked with Hubert de Givenchy’s “timeless elegance and grace”, and brought it to a next level.
The question now remains: what will she do next? Hopefully, we will see her back very soon. Will #OldGivenchy be the new #OldCéline?
Check out some of her best looks below.
View this post on Instagram
Series 3 – Dream Jewels 🤍 I have always loved jewelry as a way to personalise and complete a look. I wear a lot of eclectic and symbolic jewelry that I have collected over the years. It was something I started at Chloe and became a signature part of my story. At Givenchy with access to some of the most extraordinary Parisien Jewelry workshops the dream of Haute Couture jewels came to life. Each of of these pieces has been entirely crafted by hand and only one ever exists. The incredible ateliers that have made these beauties for years for the couture houses show their love and passion in their unique skill creating these gorgeous pieces. There wasn’t ever a moment when we didn’t say wow when they arrived in the studio. @givenchyofficial #jewelry #hautecouture #modern #beauty 🖤🤍
View this post on Instagram
One from the Archives – Hôtel de Caraman – the second Haute Couture show @givenchyofficial that became the homage to Hubert after he died several months before. I did deep dive into the extensive archives of the house to capture and honour the beauty of Hubert de Givenchy’s work. After hours of pouring through all my research it became obvious that it was all about the clean chic silhouette, the sharp tailleur and the graphic line that for me epitomised his work throughout his career and his work with Audrey Hepburn 🖤🤍 here’s a series of #bts of the fittings from that show