Riccardo Tisci Casts Transgender Model In Fall Campaign

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.”

The family, in the context of the ad, is also a racially diverse group which includes Mariacarla Boscono, Malgosia Bela (this time with pink hair) and up and comer Joan Smalls.

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.

For more photos of Lea, click here.

Images via WWD.


Lea T: The Model, The Muse, The Pioneer [Styleite]

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