Following the departure of Claire Waight Keller, who resigned from her position at Givenchy as creative director earlier this year, the House of Givenchy has just announced the appointment of Matthew M. Williams to take on the role of creative director, effective June 16th 2020. Williams will take on all creative responsibilities for both women’s and men’s collections.
Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group, Sydney Toledano spoke about the new creative director and stated, “I am very happy to see Matthew M. Williams join the LVMH Group. Since he took part in the LVMH Prize, we have had the pleasure of watching him develop into the great talent he is today.” He continued, “I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for GIVENCHY to write its new chapter with strength and success.”
Renaud de Lesquen, CEO and President of Givenchy, also expressed his expectations of the new creative director, saying, “I want to welcome Matthew M. Williams to the beautiful Maison Givenchy. I am convinced that, with his unapologetic approach to design and creativity and in great collaboration with the Maison’s exceptional ateliers and teams, Matthew M. Williams will help Givenchy reach its full potential.”
The new creative director at the House of Givenchy will present his first ever collection for the luxury maison this October in Paris. Williams has much to live up to following the success of his predecessor responsible for designing the wedding dress of the former Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
Matthew M. Williams made a statement about his appointment saying, “I am extremely honored to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era, based on modernity and inclusivity.” He concluded, “In these unprecedented times for the world, I want to send a message of hope, together with my community and colleagues, and intend to contribute towards positive change.”