It has just been announced that former Givenchy creative head Riccardo Tisci, 43, a graduate of Central St. Martins in London, will assume the role of Chief Creative Officer of Burberry. Tisci joins Burberry after more than a decade at the French Maison, where he succeeded creative giants like Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald in 2005 to take the role of Creative Director for both menswear and women’s couture.
I am delighted that Riccardo is joining Burberry. He is one of the most talented designers of our time. His designs have an elegance that is contemporary and his skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury consumer. Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury.
Marco Gobbetti, Burberry’s chief executive
Marco Gobbetti and Riccardo Tisci – both Italians – had worked together at Givenchy, where Marco Gobbetti was the French brand’s chief executive and hired Riccardo Tisci in 2005. He was noted for changing Givenchy’s house codes with his own style and influences, giving the Parisian fashion house dark and sensual romanticism and an extended colour palette, exploring flashy colors, like baby blue, blood red, metallic hues, and floral prints. Riccardo Tisci was responsible for transforming the brand from a house defined largely by the relationship between Hubert de Givenchy, the founder, and Audrey Hepburn, his greatest muse, to a house beloved by 21st-century celebrities such as the Kardashians and a social media force.
Tisci announced his resignation from Givenchy in February 2017. After 12 years, Riccardo Tisci will officially become Burberry’s new Chief Creative Officer on 12 March 2018. Tisci joins Burberry filling Christopher Bailey’s creative duties. Mr. Tisci also seemed excited about a return to London and the challenge of tackling another major luxury brand in need of a Renaissance man.