Clare Waight Keller

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Clare Waight Keller (born 19 August 1970 in Birmingham, England) is a British stylist and fashion designer who is currently the artistic director of Givenchy.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Keller was born in Birmingham, England on 19 August 1970.[3] She studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fashion, followed by a master's degree at the Royal College of Art.[4]

She started her career at Calvin Klein in New York as a stylist for the women's ready-to-wear line, then at Ralph Lauren, for the Purple man line.[5] In 2000, she was hired by Tom Ford to join Gucci, responsible for women's ready-to-wear and accessories, until her departure in 2004.[4] The following year, she became artistic director of Pringle of Scotland.[6] In 2007, she received the Scottish Fashion Awards 'Designer of the Year' in the cashmere category.[7] She resigned her position at Pringle of Scotland in 2011.[6] In the same year she moved to Paris where she became the artistic director of Chloé. In 2017, Keller was appointed artistic director of haute couture and ready-to-wear for women and men at Givenchy.[8] Replacing Riccardo Tisci, she was the first woman to hold the position at the company.[9]

She designed the wedding dress which Meghan Markle wore for her wedding to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, on 19 May 2018.[10]

For her second couture show, Waight Keller went through Givenchy's archives, and used modern materials "to create something that floats".[11]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Philip Keller, an architect. They have three children.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (1 October 2017). "The Verdict on Clare Waight Keller's Givenchy". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ Cartner-Morley, Jess (1 October 2017). "Clare Waight Keller's first Givenchy show is sweetness and light". the Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Clare Waight Keller". Givenchy. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Niven, Lisa (24 March 2009). "Clare Waight Keller". Vogue.
  5. ^ "Clare Waight Keller". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b Milligan, Lauren (11 March 2011). "Pringle Resignation". Vogue.
  7. ^ Williams, Janice. "Who is Clare Waight Keller? Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designed by Givenchy's Creative Director". Newsweek.
  8. ^ Phelps, Nicole (16 March 2017). "Clare Waight Keller Is Givenchy's New Artistic Director". Vogue.
  9. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (16 March 2017). "Clare Waight Keller becomes the first female artistic director at Givenchy". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (19 May 2018). "Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy: First Photos". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Ferrier, Morwenna (1 July 2018). "Clare Waight Keller's second Givenchy couture show celebrates its founder's legacy". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  12. ^ Levine, Joshua (28 March 2016). "Designing Beyond Chloé: Inside Clare Waight Keller's Parisian Home". Wall Street Journal.