Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy
Born in 1974 in Cermenate Italy, Riccardo Tisci is the youngest of nine children and the only boy amongst eight older sisters. At the age of 17, following his studies at the Design Instituto d’Arte Applicata in Cantu Italy, Riccardo left his native Italy to continue his studies in London. Following his graduation from Central Saint Martins in 1999, Riccardo returned to Italy to pursue a career in fashion design and over the following five years gained experience working for several brands including Antonio Berardi, Coccapani, Puma and Ruffo Research. Drawing upon these varied and enriching experiences, in 2004 Riccardo made the decision to venture out on his own and established his own independent collection.
Riccardo spent the next several months in India preparing his collection, returning to Milan in September 2004 where he presented his first Riccardo Tisci Collection during Milan Fashion Week. Orchestrated as a “happening” rather than a traditional show, the off-calendar presentation generated enormous excitement as it revealed a new take on elegance and updated version on the strong, modern woman. Following the success amongst both press and buyers of his second collection presentation, in February 2005 the House of Givenchy swiftly appointed Riccardo Tisci as the new Creative Director of Haute Couture, Women’s Ready to Wear and Accessories.
On July 7th, 2005 at the age of 29, Riccardo Tisci presented his first-ever Givenchy Haute Couture Collection during Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. Following three successful years helming the women’s collections, in 2008 he was additionally given the role of Creative Director of the Men’s Ready to Wear and Accessories Collections. Riccardo Tisci continues to maintain his role as Creative Director of both Women’s and Men’s divisions for Givenchy as well as continuing the development of the luxury brand through collaborations and projects including creating stage costumes, art books, flagship store openings, a fragrance (Dahlia Noir) and the artwork of a music album.