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Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Givenchy names Clare Waight Keller as artistic director

Givenchy names Clare Waight Keller as artistic director

Givenchy has named former Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller as their new artistic director.

Givenchy has been without an artistic director since its long-serving Italian creator Riccardo Tisci left in January.

Designer Clare Waight Keller walks the runway during the Chloe show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France.

Givenchy, owned by luxury group LVMH, made the announcement in a post on its official Instagram account.

"I believe her widespread expertise and vision will allow Givenchy to enter the next phase of its unique path".

Waight Keller joins Givenchy after six years as creative director of Richemont's fashion house Chloé, which she joined from Pringle of Scotland in 2011.

When the news of Tisci's departure broke in February, a frenzy of speculation began as to who would replace him. He quickly befriended Audrey Hepburn and became synonymous with her on-screen looks in Breakfast at Tiffany's (the black column gown from the opening scene is Givenchy), Funny Face, and Sabrina. Formerly the creative director of Chloé, the designer's success at the house is attributed to her line of hit handbags and a range of elegant and tailored collections that modernized founder Gaby Aghion's soft and fluid style. An alumnus of the Royal College of Art, Waight Keller also worked for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Gucci, where she designed under Tom Ford on a team that included Christopher Bailey and Francisco Costa.

Over the past 12 months, several star designers have left top fashion houses Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Lanvin and, most recently, Chloe.

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