Clare Waight Keller is the artistic director of Givenchy and the first female to hold the coveted position in the French fashion house’s 66-storied history. The noted British stylist and fashion designer was appointed the role in March 2017 following Riccardo Tisci’s departure, and in a relatively short time has helped breathe new life into the luxury label, transforming the brand into one of the year’s best.
Keller began her design career at Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren then Gucci – under Tom Ford – before taking on creative director duties at Pringle of Scotland followed by fellow French fashion house, Chloé. This ultimately led to her move to Givenchy.
This year alone saw many triumphs for Keller who also presented her first standalone menswear collection for the label in January. Previously she won the British Designer of the Year Womenswear award as the prestigious Fashion Awards and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world on Time’s annual list, where she sits alongside the likes of Michelle Obama. Her other high-profile works include creating Meghan Markle’s dress for her wedding to Prince Harry, which catapulted Keller’s name further in the fashion world. 2020 should be exciting as Keller continues to introduce a new sense of savoir-faire to Givenchy.