by MONICA J.
Givenchy and designer Clare Waight Keller are now parting ways. The news was announced Friday, April 10th, ending a three year stint for the artistic director for the iconic Parisian fashion house. Waight Keller was the first woman to helm Givenchy since its founding by Hubert de Givenchy in 1952.
During her time at Givenchy, Waight Keller was known for immaculate tailoring, especially in her couture collections. Here’s some of her best Givenchy moments.
Upon Hubert de Givenchy’s passing in March 2018, Keller honoured the French designer with Givenchy’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 collection. Keller looked to Givenchy’s archives and reinterpreted his designs, from famous ones like Audrey Hepburn’s LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to his lesser-known caped and flou creations. The collection is quite breathtaking… you can view it here.
In 2018, Keller was named British womenswear designer of the year at the Fashion Awards in London. Meghan Markle presented the award to Keller in a chic, understated Givenchy gown.
For Beyoncé’s finale look on her 2018 On The Run II Tour, Clare Waight Keller created a bodysuit with an oversized bow detail adapted from the Fall-Winter 2018 ready-to-wear collection, paired with a long, detachable skirt in bonded lace, hand-embroidered with crystals.
Throughout her tenure, Clare Waight Keller would dress several A-listers for the red carpet. Rihanna wore a high-gloss, sculptural Givenchy dress to the New York premiere of the Ocean’s 8 film, and would later choose another Givenchy gown by Keller for her Diamond Ball 2019 look.
Keller was able to turn a turtleneck into a couture statement – as seen on Cate Blanchett here. Unsurprisingly, the actress stole the show at the Blackkklansman world premiere in this plain open-back black top with a tiered gown in layers of blue, purple and red.
And of course we could not forget to mention… In 2018, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle picked Keller to design her gown for her wedding to Prince Harry. The dress — a pared-back, boatneck dress with a sweeping train — catapulted Keller into the international spotlight, merely a year after her appointment at Givenchy.
Prior to her post at Givenchy, Keller was the creative director of Chloé, but stepped down in 2017 after six years with the brand. It’s unclear what she’ll be doing next, or who her successor at Givenchy will be. But we are sure we have not seen the last of this talented designer.