Stefano Pilati may have designed a unisex line for YSL’s Spring 2009 collection, but Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has just upped the ante. Tisci has cast Lea T. — his longtime former assistant as well as fit model for his eponymous line — in his Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign. The catch: Lea T. was previously known as Leo.
Tisci had nothing but good things to say about Ms. T. “She’s always been very feminine: superfragile, very aristocratic,” he told WWD. “She’s part of the family.”
Though some may wonder if the designer’s casting of T. is a marketing gimmick, Tisci argues that including her “exemplifies the masculine-feminine dichotomy that has become one of his design signatures.”
T., who has never modeled professionally, is currently transitioning into a new career: veterinary medicine.
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Images via WWD.
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