THE CREATIVE ICONS OF TODAY ALL STARTED SOMEWHERE. HERE, THEY SHARE THE IMAGES AND STORIES OF THEIR EAGER BEGINNINGS. LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT
RICCARDO TISCI, DESIGNER
PHOTOGRAPHED BY INEZ & VINOODH
V 37, 2005
“This picture was taken 10 days after I signed with Givenchy. It was the first important portrait of me ever taken. I was so scared. Inez and Vinoodh were such big names…This was a necklace I had worn since I was a child…I was trembling…”
“Meeting Riccardo on the day of his portrait in 2005 was like meeting our biggest fan. He loved and knew more about our work than we did. In front of the lens, he was timid and determined. The necklace carried both symbolic and emotional value, so it had to be eaten. We have shot many more beautiful and original pictures after that first day together.”
–Inez and Vinoodh
Riccardo Tisci and Rooney Mara
She was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, who has since turned heads on the red carpet. He is The Boy with the Heart of Romantic Darkness, who has dramatically transformed Givenchy. One may act, the other design, but each never fails to remind us of why less obvious forms of beauty, not to mention the gritty and heady thrill of urban life, matter so very much.
On Mara: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress.
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy