Paris, France (CNS) – Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci is making headlines again with a new campaign ad starring a male albino model. Tisci explained that pale flesh tones have been a key feature in his designs.
The model is Stephen Thompson, who was previously represented by the now defunct Ugly modeling agency.
He is joined by Givenchy regualrs Daphne Groeneveld, Mariacarla Boscono, and Iris Strubegger in the series of shots by famed photographer Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Tisci told WWD that he had always admired albino people, saying, “They’re very near my world.”
He added that the idea for his latest collection and its campaign are inspired by a Robert Mapplethorpe photo of an alabaster Roman bust on a sheet of leopard print fabric.
The campaign will grace the January issue of L’Uoma Vogue, the February issue of French Vogue, and other U.S. magazines in March.
Last season, Tisci created buzz when he cast transsexual model Lea T in his autumn campaign.