A British at the head of Givenchy


As we all know by now, Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex, wore Givenchy to marry Prince Harry. Her wedding dress was designed by British Clare Waight Keller.

Who is Clare Waight Keller?

The British designer that worked for 7 years at Chloé, is since May 2017, the new creative director at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy. Waight Keller had an enormous success with her creations for Chloé, especially the it-bags that everyone was crazy about at every new season. Her designs at Chloe were very feminine and bohemian, so moving to Givenchy was a major change for the designer. About it, she says: ”I was really ready for that change. I felt I’d done what I wanted to do and I said everything I wanted to say here”.

Talent for creating instant hits

The British designer has a knack for knowing what women want before they even know it themselves, that’s why her creations are so incredibly desirable and become instant hits. She says she always asks her team “Do you really want that piece? Because if you don’t, why would someone want it?” The big hit of her debut show at Givenchy, the S/S’18 collection, was her cowboy boots, that have quickly become the must-have accessory of this season.

runway photos from the Givenchy SS18 Collection

Meeting Hubert de Givenchy

Short before Monsieur de Givenchy died at the age go 91 years, Clare Waight Keller met with him and talked about his love of fashion, the strength and power of the women in his designs and what are the starting points when designing a collection. Seeing the dress she designed for the royal wedding, inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s creations, especially the wedding dress he designed for Audrey Hepburn to wear in the movie Funny Face, we are sure he must be very happy now with the new direction of his brand.

Givenchy's sketches for Meghan and Givenchy dress for Audrey Hepburn

Clare’s vision for Givenchy

The British designer wants the brand to be at the same time modern and traditional, elite and accessible, and she wants to make girls dream of being able to wear a Givenchy dress one day. Her first collection for Givenchy included sharp-tailored jackets with strong shoulders worn with sleek minis and dresses with bold prints inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s original prints. She also decided to make an entire couture collection because, as she says," If I come to a luxury house, I want to feel that chicness.”.

Photos via Instagram  and Alexi Lubomirski