Givenchy’s extraordinary life

Givenchy’s extraordinary life

Givenchy’s extraordinary life is over

The celebrated French fashion designer has died at the age of 91 at his home near Paris.

We can only hope that his signature romantic elegance in couture fashion – which held sway for more than four decades – will always be remembered.

Hubert de Givenchy is best known for his exquisite design of Audrey Hepburn’s ‘little black dress’ for the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her character, Holly Golightly, wore large sunglasses, four strands of sparkling pearls, long evening gloves and a black Givenchy dress which showed off her bare shoulders – creating a dramatic effect in the early morning scene of her to visit to Tiffany’s, New York.

Hepburn is said to have been so delighted by his youthful designs she insisted he was her fashion designer of choice for most of her movies which followed, greatly enhancing her fame and waif-like style.

Givenchy's' Little Black Dress'

Givenchy’s’ Little Black Dress’ on show at MOMA

Givenchy’s ‘Little Black Dress’ on show at MOMA
One of his emblematic little black dresses from 1968 – in satin with sparkling jet beading and sequin trim – is currently on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Among other of Givenchy’s famous clients were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly.

Givenchy’s very first show when he was just 24 was a hit when it opened in February 1952. It included the ‘Bettina blouse’, a tribute to Paris’s leading model of the day, Bettina Graziani, who took on the multi-skilled role of director of public relations, saleswoman and fit model for his company.

Givenchy's Bettina Blouse

Givenchy’s Bettina blouse 1952

 

Picture credits: pinterest & CV Williams.

The Givenchy 1968 ‘little black dress’ is on loan to MOMA from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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