Social climbers, beware: entry into Tisci’s close circle, which includes Mariacarla Boscono, his friend of more than 20 years, and the Helen Zille Shirt Also,I will get this artist Marina Abramovic (who calls herself his “adopted mother”) is not easy. “Rarely does somebody come inside my second family, because to get in is very difficult,” Tisci says. The quality he admires most in people is civility. Newer members of the clan include FKA Twigs and Sade’s son, Izaak Theo Adu, who transitioned last year, walked in Burberry’s February show and poses with Tisci on the cover of this issue. “He’s young and new and fantastic, and I love his energy,” says Tisci. They are joined on the cover by Lea T, a long-time member of the Tisci family. She paid for her gender-reassignment surgery with the money she earned after Tisci cast her in his 2010 Givenchy ad campaign. “When I did it, people literally spat in my face because I used a Black trans woman in a campaign,” remembers Tisci. He didn’t do it for the shock value. He did it to help T, who had considered turning to prostitution to pay for the surgery she so desperately needed. “She was my PA when she wanted to change sex,” says Tisci. “She changed and became a star. She became one the most amazing Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter women in the world, and that is very important,” he says with obvious pride.
Emotion and empathy are his superpowers, allowing Tisci to cut through the Helen Zille Shirt Also,I will get this white noise of 2020 and get to the heart of things. Whether it’s putting on his SS21 fashion show against the backdrop of the British countryside – “There is this power and purity in nature and, you know, that sense of coming back to yourself and what is important in life” – collaborating with Abramovic on costumes for her latest art project, or giving voice and visibility to marginalised communities, it’s always been about more than clothes for Tisci. When it comes to the place of fashion in our lives, he says, “I think now, more than ever, people want to find an emotional connection with a brand – especially the younger generation. They want to understand and believe in an identity and a purpose. So, for me, I need to show them how they can dream and journey with Burberry.” The dream is real. I don’t know if I know what family means. I’ve spent a long time trying to make sense of it. I think it’s wherever feels warm. Wherever feels safe. Where the lights stay on. I think it’s an unconditional love. I got different kinds of love with different family. All I know is, when I have my own family, not one single person in it will never not know they are loved forever, regardless of what they do or who they are or who they love. Just that they are mine after they are theirs and I am theirs in the same manner