Williams, who officially starts on Tuesday, has already acknowledged that more change is in store: “I am looking forward to working together with its ateliers and teams, to move it into a new era, based on modernity and inclusivity,” he said in a statement. “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 toward positive change.
On Monday, Givenchy announced its third creative director in three years: Matthew Williams, the 34-year-old Californian designer behind the streetwear label 1017 Alyx 9SM.
Unlike his two most recent predecessors, Clare Waight Keller and Riccardo Tisci, Williams has no formal design training—though that didn’t stop him from becoming an LVMH Prize finalist in 2016, just a year after launching Alyx.
Before that, Williams worked as creative director for Lady Gaga, art director for Kanye West, and cofounder of Been Trill, a DJ and art collective with the designers Heron Preston and Virgil Abloh.
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