Givenchy has announced the departure of its British artistic director Clare Waight Keller.
Waight Keller joined the LVMH-owned house three years ago, from Chloé, and made her mark instantly after she was chosen to design the wedding dress of Meghan Markle for her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.
It has been revealed that she is leaving after her initial contract had expired and her last collection for the house was AW20, shown at Paris Fashion Week in early March.
In an Instagram approach entitled “From the Heart”, Waight Keller said: 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.”
Givenchy responded saying: “Givenchy wants to warmly thank Clare Waight Keller for her creative leadership, in contribution to our latest chapter.”
Waight Keller replaced Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, who subsequently became the chief creative officer at British house Burberry. She was replaced at Richemont-owned Chloé by Natacha Ramsay-Levy.
Her departure opens up another plum job in fashion and Givenchy has said that it will announce its new creative organisation at a later date.
In light of Waight Keller’s departure and COVID-19 related shutdowns, Givenchy has said it would cancel its Couture AW20 collection and its women’s pre-Spring collection. It will also increase the shelf-life of the SS20 collection which is in the stores now.