The Italian fashion designer will take over Christopher Bailey's reins this March 12.
After months of speculation that Riccardo Tisci is slated to join Versace, Burberry announced that he is the new chief creative officer of the brand, replacing Christopher Bailey who relinquished his position from the British fashion house last year. This news comes at an opportune time, less than a month after Christopher Bailey showed his last collection for the house during London Fashion Week AW18.
"I am honoured and delighted to be joining Burberry as its new Chief Creative Officer and reuniting with Marco Gobbetti. 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 regarding his new role.
Formerly the creative director of Givenchy (helming womenswear, menswear, leather goods and accessories), Tisci left his position in February 2017 after 12 fruitful years. As the new chief creative officer of Burberry, Tisci will work alongside Burberry's chief executive officer Marco Gobbetti, whom he used to work with back in Givenchy. "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," said Gobbetti. "Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury."
Tisci's first collection for Burberry will be unveiled this September. Watch this space for updates.