Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy

The creative directors profiled here have accomplished a lot of firsts — and Clare Waight Keller is no exception, who became the first female creative director for Givenchy in 2017. Only 6 months after her appointment, she was commissioned to design Meghan Markle’s Givenchy dress in her wedding to Prince Harry. This is probably one of the dresses most seen around the world in recent times — the BBC estimated that their royal wedding reached 1.9 billion people globally.

This is not an overnight success though, behind the historical moments of her latest accomplishment was a long road of hard work and experience working with brands such as Calvin Klein, Gucci and Chloe, and with fellow creative visionaries such as Tom Ford and Christopher Bailey. When she was at Gucci, she even recalled working 24/7 with newborn twins. Waight Keller has a reputation for divining what women want to buy — leaving behind the floaty romance that she established at Chloe in her previous tenure as the house’s creative director, she now directs with conviction the wardrobe of the sharply dressed, fearless women who are drawn to the house of Givenchy.

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