Riccardo Tisci Dishes on Fashion, Family & His Relationship With The West’s

Givenchy Creative Director Ricardo Tisci
Givenchy Creative Director Ricardo Tisci

Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci recently sat down with Details magazine where he dished on a number of subjects which included family, famous friends and life as a designer who aims to break the mould.

On why the idea of designing menswear initially left him cold: 

“”I mean, look at me,” the 40-year-old creative director of Givenchy says, giving his sweatshirt a tug. “I wear jeans and trainers.” I never bought fashion for myself. The only things I was obsessed with when I was young were Helmut Lang and Versace. At Givenchy, they asked me to do the men’s for so long, but I didn’t want to do it.”

On his life as a teenager growing up in Como, Italy:

“I was obsessed with the Cure. Obsessed. I was, like, 15 or 16, going to art school, and I was literally full-on black makeup. Long black hair. It was funny because in Como, everyone is very bourgeois, everyone’s so chic. And I really was so obsessed with the darkness.”

On whether his mother ever critiques his work: 

“She’s pretty modern, to be honest. When I touch on subjects of sex or religion or darkness, she always supports me. And she never judges. When I do things she really likes, I can see it, because she tells me a few times. She repeats it a few times. When she doesn’t like it, sometimes she asks me why I do things. For example, the Rottweiler, she said, “Why? Why is it like an upset animal?” And I explained to her why. And then she gets it.”

On how he forges authentic friendships with his famous friends: 

“They feel that I’m not there to dress a celebrity. I dress people even when they don’t have an Oscar nomination or they don’t have an album out. If they’re my friends, I respect them to the end. And you need to feel people stay with you because they love you, not only as an artist, but also as a human being. Look at Kanye and Kim—at the beginning, I was the only one.”

On how Kim Kardashian wasn’t initially accepted by the fashion industry :

“By nobody. And she’s a sweet girl. And Kanye and me, we did it together. Every designer is dying to dress her now. I didn’t care what people thought about Kim. In the beginning, I met her because of my respect for Kanye, and then I liked her a lot and we became friends. I got killed because of this. But I didn’t care. That is a friend, you see. And this is why, when they got married, they asked me to dress them. They say, “You’ve always been with us. You’ve been a real friend.” If I like somebody, I like somebody. If I don’t like somebody, I don’t like somebody.”

To dig into his entire Details interview, head here for more.