Clare Waight Keller, Designer of Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress, Has Left Givenchy
Women's Wear Daily reports that Waight Keller is departing the fashion house after a three-year contract, and that Givenchy will announce a new "creative organization" at a later date. Waight Keller was the first woman to lead Givenchy since it was established in 1952.
"Focusing on a world based on haute couture has been one of the highlights of my professional journey," Waight Keller said in a statement shared with WWD. "I have shared so many incredible moments with the brilliant Givenchy ateliers and design teams: Your exceptional talent and dedication will forever remain in my memories. My heartfelt thanks go out to each of the unsung heroes and heroines behind the scenes, for their contribution from product to communications and retail, and every global team member, partner and supplier in between."
In 2018, Waight Keller spoke to InStyle about designing the Duchess of Sussex's wedding gown, describing the experience as "a little bit like a workday, because I knew I had to get everything ready in the morning — prepare the dress, make sure it was steamed, make sure everything was perfect and where it needed to be at the right time."
"I’m just thrilled that it would happen in my first year, because for the house itself, to have had this kind of thing happen has completely changed people’s perception of Givenchy," she said at the time.
In 2018, Meghan presented Waight Keller with an award for British Designer of the Year Womenswear.
In her speech, she gushed about the designer saying, "I feel especially proud to announce tonight's winner who yes, is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity but also with incredible kindness, which is why when I met her for the first time 11 months ago, I knew that we'd be working very closely together. The winner this evening is Clare Waight Keller."
Before she arrived at Givenchy, Waight Keller worked at Chloé and Pringle of Scotland. According to WWD, her next move "could not immediately be learned."