Givenchy Designer and Reformed Goth Kid Riccardo Tisci Has Always Had Strong Opinions
... And he's never shied away from sharing them. In this interview with Lynn Hirschberg, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci discusses strong looks, strong opinions, and how Gianni Versace inspired him to make clothes.
Released on 9/13/2016
The first things I create,
I customized some very old clothes on my best friend.
I put together a man's shirt with a lace Victorian dress.
I was 13.
I used to have a long, like a very strong look.
It was long black hair,
I was like, obsessed with The Cure
so I was making this very goth makeup
and I was always making my clothes
like with very crazy stuff, like capes, vinyls.
It was always very goth.
Like, not so much fashion.
I'm the last kid of the nine, after eight sisters.
I actually got into beauty
because I used to look at my sister,
you know, watching my sisters getting ready to go out.
All of them, they were always very over the top.
And I was interested in this metamorphosis,
looking at them putting makeup on,
do the hair and put the clothes together.
It was interesting for me, the transformation.
I was always, you know, being a good Leo,
I always give my opinion.
And it wasn't always welcome, the opinion.
I'm very attracted to people
who have a very strong opinion of things,
and very strong self-confidence,
and I love strong women, and strong men.
You know, people that have very strong character.
And that's what I'm experimenting with most.
Gianni Versace, that's my role model.
Being an Italian, he's always been the flag of Italy,
and he's been such a creative, such a daring person.
You know, he's always been taking risks.
As Italian, he was representing very strong the real Italy.
Like, you know, women that are very strong,
and a very strong opinion on art, and music and politics.
I was a child when it was the big Versace time,
and I always remembered that would make me dream
to become a designer.