Italian designer Riccardo Tisci is the latest addition to the Burberry family. Tisci has been appointed as the chief creative officer of the brand. He would be replacing Christopher Bailey, who presented his last collection for Burberry last month. Whereas, Tisci will be presenting his first collection for Burberry in September.
Christopher Bailey has worked with the British fashion couture house for the past 17 years. “I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition,” said Bailey when announcing the news of his departure last year in October. Tisci will commence his role as the creative director for Burberry in March and will be based in London at the headquarters.
Burberry’s chief executive, Marco Gobbetti said in a statement, “Riccardo is one of the most talented designers of our time. His designs have an elegance that is contemporary and his skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury consumer. Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury.”
This is not the first time Ricardo Tisci and Marco Gobbetti would be working together. Before Burberry, Gobbetti was the chief executive at Givenchy and he was the one who had hired Tisci. At that time Tisci was not that known. Today everyone recognizes him for the dark and sultry designs that he has created for Givenchy.
Tisci served Givenchy for about 12 years before stepping down from his post in February last year. After that, rumors suggested that he would be joining forces with Versace. However, that never happened. Now, Tisci and Gobetti would be reuniting, a move for which Gobbetti is being applauded.
Big names in the fashion industry have shown their approval at Gobbetti’s choice of selecting Tisci. Director of designer fashion at Nordstrom, Jeffrey Kalinsky said, “Marco and Riccardo built a strong story together at Givenchy. They are a great partnership and I am very hopeful they will do the same at Burberry.”
The 43-year-old Italian designer is also thrilled to join hands with Burberry. “I have an enormous respect for Burberry’s British heritage and global appeal and I am excited about the potential of this exceptional brand,” said Tisci. “I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry and reuniting with Marco Gobbetti.”