Either he’s blissfully unaware of the ongoing Gaga-Madonna hissy feud or he has great timing, but Riccardo Tisci just listed the two, along with skincare pariah Rihanna, as the three women he is proudest to have designed for.
Tisci, who is the head designer of Givenchy (pronounced Jee-Vahn-Shay if you’re fancy), was interviewed by Stylist magazine, where he discussed his meteoric rise to creative director of Givenchy’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories lines.
Unlike his predecessors, Tisci turned the brand around, and brought it back to the bleeding edge of runway innovation. He is the main reason that gothic, bondage inspired fashion is so big right now:
"Black is always elegant. It is the most complete color in the world, made of all the colors in the palette. She is aristocratic, dark, sensual and romantic but it has been this way since I first started at Givenchy eight years ago. Back then no-one understood. Now, you open any magazine and see gothic as a trend."
In addition to clothing, Riccardo also created the album and single covers for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘H.A.M.’, ‘Otis’ and Watch The Throne. His latest project is a Givenchy perfume called Dahlia Noir, which he hopes will outlast him: "Women like my sisters can't afford to buy couture but they want to be a part of the Givenchy world. I wanted to create a perfume that, like couture, would remain classic and timeless so when I am no longer at Givenchy, it will last forever."