Riccardo Tisci

Born: Taranto, Italy, 1974

Riccardo Tisci Designer Biography

Born in Italy, Ricardo Tisci grew up with his eight sisters. Aged 17, Tisci moved to London to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. After graduating in 1999, Tisci returned to Italy and started working for a number of companies including Puma, Missoni, Justin Oh and Coccapani. Tisci then embarked on a three year contract with Ruffo Research – a business that collaborated with young designers.

In 2004, once Tisci’s contract was over, he started to develop his own collection. Tisci showed his designs in Milan Fashion Week autumn/winter 05/06 the following year. Shortly after Tisci showcased his work, he was offered the Creative Director role at Givenchy.

Wanting to focus on his own designs and label, Tisci was initially unsure whether to accept the position. But after financial problems for his family, Tisci accepted Givenchy’s offer. On February 28th, 2005, Ricardo Tisci became Creative Director of the Haute Couture, ready-to-wear and accessories lines at Givenchy following in the footsteps of John GallianoAlexander McQueen and replacing Julien Macdonald.

Tisci saw success at Givenchy, especially with haute couture line, raising their customer base from five to 29.

In 2008, Tisci designed Madonna’s costumes for her ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ under the Givenchy label. The same year Tisci was asked to curate an issue of A magazine.

Tisci caused a stir in 2010, when he cast the first transgender model to appear in a catwalk show. The Brazilian transsexual named Lea T had worked with Tisci for years, previously his personal assistant. Tisci commented to WWD; ‘she’s always been very feminine: super-fragile, very aristocratic. She’s part of the family’.

Known for revitalizing the Givenchy brand, Ricardo Tisci’s style is romantic with a dark aesthetic. After speculation he would leave Givenchy for Dior, Tisci remains with Givenchy and his modern, religion inspired, romanticised designs.

In February 2017, Riccardo Tisci resigned from his position as creative director of Givenchy, stating his desire to focus on his personal interests and passions.

In 2018, Tisci was appointed as the chief creative officer of Burberry, succeeding Christopher Bailey in the role. He held this position until September 2022 when it was announced that he would be replaced by English designer Daniel Lee.

Tisci’s unique approach to design has brought particular success in haute couture, expanding the customer base significantly during his tenure. His runway presentations are known for their highly stylized architecture and space, conveying a sense of melancholic romanticism and sensuality.

Riccardo Tisci Biography

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Written by Saxony Dudbridge

Saxony Dudbridge was one of the first contributors to the Catwalk Yourself project, Saxony studies International Fashion Marketing and she is responsible for our great History and Designers Biographies sections.

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