Givenchy Announces Matthew M. Williams As New Creative Director

BY Sarah Joseph / Jun 16 2020 / 09:15 AM

The mastermind behind the luxe streetwear label 1017 ALYX 9SM has joined one of the most iconic French fashion houses, bringing with him new energy as he ushers the Maison into a new era

Givenchy Announces Matthew M. Williams As New Creative Director

Self-taught American designer, Matthew M. Williams, appears ready to carry one of France’s most iconic fashion legacies forward into the unknown.

“I am extremely honored to join the House of Givenchy. The Maison’s unique position and timeless aura make it an undeniable icon and 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.

Image courtesy of Paolo Roversi

Matthew also mentioned that he is grateful to the LVMH group for trusting him with this opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream.

The American designer succeeds former creative director Clare Waight Keller (best known for designing Meghan Markle's wedding dress), who stepped down the role in April 2020 after three years at the Maison. He will be the house’s seventh courtier.

Best known for creating his signature ‘rollercoaster’ buckle, his brand 1017 ALYX 9SM was shortlisted for the 2016 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

He will present his first Givenchy collection in October in Paris.

Lead image courtesy of Jason Lloyd Evans/ A/W '20 Catwalk Givenchy

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