Givenchy appoints Matthew Williams as its new creative director

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The House of Givenchy has found a successor for Clare Waight Keller and has appointed Matthew M. Williams as its Creative Director, effective June 16th, 2020.

The 34-year-old American designer behind the cult label 1017 ALYX 9SM will take on all creative responsibilities for Women’s and Men’s collections. He will also continue to produce collections for Alyx alongside his new role.

‘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. I believe his singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success,’ Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group said in a statement.

‘I want to warmly 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 will help Givenchy reach its full potential,’ Renaud de Lesquen, CEO and President of Givenchy, added.

‘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,‘ Williams said in a statement. ‘I am grateful to the LVMH group for trusting me with the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream. 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.’

A self-taught designer, Williams grew up in California and made a name for himself in the fashion world by collaborating with musicians including Lady Gaga and Kanye West. He also worked closely with Virgil Abloh, with whom he founded the creative platform Been Trill in 2012. Three years later, he made his debut in the fall / winter season 2015/16 with his label Alyx which is named after his eldest daughter. The cult label had been shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016.

Williams will present his first collection for Givenchy in October 2020.

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