As of March 10th, we bid farewell to the legendary designer, Hubert de Givenchy, who birthed a bubbly, au-courant French chic with a hint of Old World sophistication… Take a trip down memory lane and see how the house came to be.
Aged 25, Hubert de Givenchy made his American debut at the first annual Paris Ball in 1952. Among exotic zoo animals, fine French perfume and more, the crowd cooed over Givenchy’s meticulously-made ensemble. Innovatively, he offered his clients the pleasure of being a “creator of her own style” through separates.
After an encounter with Audrey Hepburn in the summer of 1953 where the giddy actress pranced around in a black cocktail dress and his signature boxy neckline, Hepburn wore his designs with near-religious devotion for the next four decades. Many designers have a muse, but the Hepburn-Givenchy was like none other.Audrey Hepburn & Hubert
An avid businessman and a designer, realizing the limitless potential led him to launch more brands beyond clothing, before selling the house to LVMH in 1988 rearing various young, avant-garde designers launching their careers, like John Galliano, Alexander Mcqueen, Julien Macdonald, and Riccardo Tisci.
Today, Clare Waight Keller is the first woman to take the reign. Having pored over Givenchy’s early sketches and finding that he designed from the shoulder down resulted in a collection that returned to items with square, sleek silhouettes – many of them separates – a heartwarming homage to Givenchy’s early work...
Not only was Givenchy one of the most influential fashion figures over the last half century has left a legacy that still influences modern day dressing today. Dear chic, and most charming gentleman, you will be missed. Adieu.-
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