10 FACT ABOUT RICCARDO TISCI
Riccardo Tisci is an Italian fashion designer. He graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins Academy, and in 2005 was named creative director for Givenchy womenswear, haute couture and in May 2008 he was named as menswear and accesories designer of the Givenchy men’s division.
10 FACT ABOUT RICCARDO TISCI:
Riccardo Tisci was born in Taranto in the south of Italy. The city of Taranto is said to be mythologically tied with mermaids and marines, which often influences Tisci in his collections for both Givenchy ready-to-wear and haute couture.
He recently collaborates with the artist Kehinde Wiley, lauded for his rich and vivid paintings of African-American men, he will, for the first time paint a series of portraits depicting African-American women. The painting will see these women donning gowns designed by Riccardo Tisci.
He curated issue #8 of A MAGAZINE,in which he featured artwork by Ray Caesar as a source of creative inspiration.
He created the cover of the first album of Kanye West and Jay-Z ,Watch the Throne, after designing the artwork for the album’s first single.According to Tisci, he decided to create the artwork to symbolize the “masculinity of two of the most iconic rap figures of our time.” The artist meticulously incorporated a variety of religious symbols, animal faces and symmetric shapes, giving the album an embroidered feel, while leaving the inside artwork with a painted and printed feel.“I am honoured to have been asked to be part of this incredible music moment with such amazing artists, I am impressed by the amount of respect they have for music and art.We share the same way of working : like a family.”
Music heavily influences his lifestyle. He has traveled all over the world to see Florence, Nicki Minaj, Discodromo, and Björk, just to name a few. That’s why in the March issue of VOGUE, he surrounds himself with some of his most inspiring musical muses, including Liv Tyler, Florence Welch and Kanye West.
Tisci is good friends with supermodel MariaCarla Boscono. , they were friends since he attended school at St. Martins. She often appears in Givenchy shows and ad campaigns.
Tisci designed costumes for Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour and also for her most important performance of this year at the Super Boal.
British model Rob Evans gained notoriety after Tisci sent him down the runway in leopard print shorts last summer, sparking the men in prints craze.
Tisci, a Catholic, is deeply religious. He has said about his inspiration for his A/W 2011 menswear collection: ”Religion is a big part of my DNA and this collection was about my Catholic(ism) and every other religion in a way.”
He present his first haute couture in a very different way than usual…