Keller commented on her departure with a statement on Instagram that read, ” From the heart ♥️ After three truly wonderful years, the time has come to close my chapter at Givenchy. As the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Maison, I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life.”
The first woman ever to lead Givenchy in its 67-year history, Keller had a big moment when she dressed Meghan Markle for her 2018 wedding, she failed to generate much excitement and was often seen by fashion followers as falling far short of filling the shoes of her very charismatic predecessor, Riccardo Tisci, now the lead creative at Burberry.
Prior design roles for Keller included Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren‘s Purple Label, Gucci (during its Tom Ford era) and Pringle of Scotland. In 2011, she landed the position of head designer of Chloé where she lead the French label for a well-regarded six years.
Keller presented her final Givenchy runway, a fall 2020 women’s ready to wear collection, in early March 2020 during Paris Fashion Week.
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From the heart ♥️ After three truly wonderful years, the time has come to close my chapter at Givenchy. As the first woman to be the Artistic Director of this legendary Maison, I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to cherish its legacy and bring it new life. Focusing on a world based on Haute Couture has been one of the highlights of my professional journey. I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams : your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between. Without all of you, I could not have brought my vision for Givenchy to life in such a beautiful way. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next episode. Love and creativity remain central to what I do, and who I am, as does a heartfelt belief in kindness, and the courage to be true to your art. See you soon, and most importantly, stay safe ❤️ Love, Clare