Givenchy is a French high-end perfume and fashion company founded in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy in France. Hubert de Givenchy’s designs were immediately met with very positive reviews from around the world, especially well known for being a combination of elegant, chic, and feminine.
The most well known association of Givenchy, that helped launch the brand to the next level of success was with actress Audrey Hepburn, who wore Givenchy during the iconic movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Charade.
In 1954, Givenchy was the first designer to present a “shirt dress”, which eventually became known as a “sack dress” in 1957. Givenchy was the first luxury fashion designer to release a line of ready-to-wear called “Givenchy Université”.
In 1969, Givenchy launched his men’s line, Gentlemen Givenchy. In the next few years he expanded his line to include jewelry, shoes, ties, tableware, and upholstery. Also in the 70’s, Givenchy was selected to design the interior of Hilton hotels all around the world, and to help with the design of the Lincoln Continental Mark V.
In 1988 the Givenchy fashion house joined fashion giant LVMH. Givenchy left the company in 1995. John Galliano, then Alexander McQueen, and then Julien Macdonald each took the reigns in succession at Givenchy. In 2005, Riccardo Tisci took over the Givenchy collections.
The Fashion Designer and His Muse – Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy:
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”
“I absolutely believe my talent is God-given. I ask God for a lot, but I also thank him. I’m a very demanding believer.”
“All a woman needs to be chic is a raincoat, two suits, a pair of trousers and a cashmere sweater.”
“Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.”
“There’s Balenciaga, and the good Lord.”
“Each time I’m in a film, Givenchy dresses me.”
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