Designer Matthew M Williams was announced today as the new creative director of Givenchy.
In an Instagram post, Williams said he was honoured to be join the "House of Givenchy" and was "looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams."
Williams also used his announcement to express a message of hope “together with my community and colleagues and intend to contribute towards positive change.”
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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. 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.
Givenchy has been without a creative director since Clare Waight Keller left the brand in April after three years.
Her replacement, Williams, is the man behind the brand 1017 ALYX 9SM. His brand captured the zeitgeist when it debuted at Paris mens, offering a heavy, industrial aesthetic. However, in contradiction to his tough exterior, Williams is big on sustainability and insists on eco-friendly production methods.
During his career he’s worked with Alexander McQueen, Kanye West, designed props for Lady Gaga and went into business with Virgil Abloh.
However, it was his work for Kim Jones at Dior that has brought him into the LVMH fold. For the Dior S/S19 collection, Williams designed a series of rollercoaster belt buckles and accessories inspired by California’s Six Flags theme park.
Sidney Toledano, chairman and Chief Executive of LVMH's Fashion Group said of Williams’ appointment: "I believe [his] singular vision of modernity will be a great opportunity for Givenchy to write its new chapter with strength and success."