Riccardo Tisci’s Religious Fashion Experience

Apr 26, 2011 By Amy

Riccardo Tisci, head designer for Givenchy and current front runner on the Dior show, is adding editor to his growing list of talents. Tisci has taken on this new role and literally turned it Holy for print fashion publication Visionaire’s sixtieth issue. The designer’s rich Catholic heritage plays an important role in his everyday life and he carried that on to his contribution to the magazine. In a recent interview it was reported that “before he presents each collection, he prays, he says, and puts salt in the four corners of the space in question “to avoid negative energy. I’m superstitious, that is very much part of religion.”

Kate Moss by Nick Knight & Katy England

It was actually Visionarie‘s founders who decided upon the religious theme for Visionaire Sixy, but it was Tisci who brought it to life. Tisci had a clear vision in mind for the issue’s editorials and he wanted to stay away from labels as to not mix his creative position at Givenchy with his editorial role with Visionaire. He also made an effort to put artists together artists together who wouldn’t necessarily work alongside each other.

Tisci said of the shoots and their religious influence, “The contributors could use vintage clothing, they could use a single piece of fabric, they could do what they wanted. And there are a lot of nudes. In religious painting and sculpture there are a lot of nudes, too – Christ is portrayed nude, angels are portrayed nude. We were all born naked.”

When the issue debuts fans will see imagery reflecting high fashion and religious sentiments. “Christina Ricci [by Daniele & Iango] is shown as the classic Spanish Madonna, with beautiful flowers in her hair and covered with a veil…[and] Kate Moss as an angel.” explained Tisci. Enjoy a sneak peek of a few more shots:

“This is the Madonna and child. It’s an image that was first introduced hundreds of years ago, re-interpreted for today.” – Tisci (pictured Arizona Muse by Mario Sorrenti and Camilla Nickerson)

‘This image comes from the classic sarcophagus, the kind that was carved for cardinals and popes.” – Tisci (pictured Lea T. by Pierpaolo Ferrari and Giovanna Battaglia)


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