Effectively from March 12, 2018, Ricardo Tisci would be the new Chief Creative Officer of Burberry! After the announcement and last LGBTQ-tribute collection from Christopher Bailey for Burberry, the house also announced that Tisci will present his first collection in September. Therefore, the former Creative Director of Givenchy will be based at Burberry’s headquarters in London.
“I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry as its new Chief Creative Officer and reuniting with Marco Gobbetti. I have an enormous respect for Burberry’s British heritage and global appeal and I am excited about the potential of this exceptional brand,” says Tisci. After more than a decade became the Creative Director of Givenchy (2005-2017), he finally joined Burberry with his expertise on womenswear, menswear, leather goods, and accessories. The Italian designer left the brand on January 31, 2017 when his contract ended. He was replaced by Clare Waight Keller.
Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Burberry, welcomes him, “I am delighted that Riccardo is joining Burberry as Chief Creative Officer. Riccardo 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.” Gobbetti and Tisci first worked together when Marco was President and CEO of Givenchy from 2004 – 2008.
How would Tisci’s signature style embedded in Burberry? “The contemporary street style orientation of Riccardo Tisci is a great match to relaunch the image of Burberry,” wrote Mario Ortelli, senior analyst of luxury goods at Stanford C. Bernstein. Tisci is known for surrounding himself with a diverse group of collaborators, from creating costumes for work by performance artist Marina Abramovic, through to directing the artwork for the multi-award winning ‘Watch the Throne’ album by Jay Z and Kanye West. He has also designed the stage outfits for world tours of Madonna, Beyoncé and Rihanna, introducing his aesthetic to an ever-widening audience.