Givenchy the French couture designer who defined 1950s elegance

Givenchy is a French luxury fashion and perfume house with a haute couture line. It is the legacy of Hubert de Givenchy (1927 – 2018).

Hubert de Givenchy

Givenchy is known for styling Audrey Hepburn and designing clothes for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. His family line is Venetian. The designer trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Givenchy met Hepburn during the shooting of the movie Sabrina (1953). He designed the iconic black dress that Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). She became the face of Givenchy’s perfume collection.

Givenchy was a disciple of Spanish couture designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Together, they set the tone for high fashion in the 1950s. Both were revolutionary figures who worked in linear, clean designs that contrasted with Dior’s curvy “New Look.”

Hubert de Givenchy passed away near Paris on March 10, 2018.

House of Givenchy

The fashion house was founded in Paris in 1952. The house was known for innovation compared to the more traditional French brands. Givenchy found inspiration in both haute couture and vintage street fashion.

Givenchy because the first couture house to produce ready to wear in 1954.

Givenchy joined LVMH in 1988.

Hubert de Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995. He was followed by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald (2001-2004), and Riccardo Tisci (2005-2017).

Clare Waight Keller became creative director with the Resort 2018 collection.

Keller’s Spring-Summer 2018 campaign was shot by Steven Meisel in upstate New York.

Givenchy New York

Givenchy New York Madison Avenue. Courtesy of Givenchy.

Givenchy New York Madison Avenue. Courtesy of Givenchy.

747 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
(at 65th St)
Upper East Side, Manhattan

(212) 650 – 0180

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm (7 pm on Thursdays)
Sunday: 12 noon – 5 pm


(F) or (Q) to Lexington Ave – 63rd St
(4) (6) to 68th St

Givenchy is also available in New York City at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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