Get to Know Givenchy

Aug 28 2016

Hubert de Givenchy was known for his modern, ladylike styles, which earned him many loyal clients. In 1952, he founded his own luxury house and launched a new collection Les Séparables with some floaty skirts and puffy blouses made from raw cotton.

In 1954, Hubert de Givenchy presented the first shirt dress (which later evolved in to a sack dress in 1957). He was the first high fashion designer to create a luxury ready-to-wear clothing line, called "Givenchy Université", which was produced in Paris using machinery imported from the United States. Facts About Givenchy.


  • 1927: Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy is born in Beauvais, France on February 21.
  • 1930: Givenchy’s father passes away from influenza; he and his brother are raised by his mother and maternal grandmother.
  • 1937: Givenchy’s fashion interest is born when he visits the fashion pavilion at the International Exhibition in Paris.
  • 1945: Givenchy became the assistant to designer Jacques Fath, after studying at Beaux-Arts School in Paris.
  • 1946: Givenchy is given an opportunity to work with Lucien LeLong. Here is where Givenchy met the revolutionary Christian Dior and the talented Pierre Balmain, LeLong’s assistants at the time.
  • 1947-1951: Elsa Schiaparelli put Givenchy in charge of a boutique. It is here that he learned most of his knowledge about accessories.
  • 1952: Givenchy opens his own design house, The House of Givenchy, the street from his inspiration and fashion advisor, Balenciaga.
  • 1954: It was this year that Monsieur Givenchy would meet his woman of the hour, and some would even say muse, Audrey Hepburn. She was to star in a movie this year called Sabrina and Givenchy would be the designer of her wardrobe for this film. He was also the designer to introduce a pret-a-porter (ready-to-wear) line in his women’s division.
  • 1955: He introduced separates and Orlon fabric to the couture fashion world.
  • 1956: Givenchy, continuing his ground breaking business behavior, became the first designer to present his collection to both the press and his clients at the same time
  • 1957: Givenchy’s designs appear in Audrey Hepburn’s movie Funny Face.
  • 1961: Givenchy designs Jackie Kennedy’s cream silk gown that she wore to her First Couple’s visit to France. Audrey Hepburn was adorned in Givenchy again for the legendary film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  • 1963: Jackie Kennedy also chose to wear Givenchy 2 years later at her husbands’ funeral. Givenchy was once again the designer of choice for Audrey Hepburn in her newest film, Charade.
  • 1973: The Gentleman Givenchy, the men’s line f or The House of Givenchy was launched.
  • 1988: Givenchy sold his empire to LVMH, and the pressure was on for him to retire.
  • 1995: Monsieur Givenchy retired from his namesake house.
  • 1996: Givenchy introduced a more accessible men’s collection called Givenchy Men.
  • 2007: Givenchy designed postage stamps for Valentine’s Day.
  • 2011: Givenchy lives just outside of Paris on his own private estate.

Fun Facts

  • Givenchy won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for his work in Sabrina.
  • Monsieur Givenchy is a well-known collector of antique furniture.
  • During his time as head designer at Givenchy, he could also be seen working in a white lab coat.
  • It was rumored that Givenchy had custom pattern sheets for each female in the Kennedy family.
  • Due to tight finances, Givenchy’s first collection from The House of Givenchy was made entirely out of men’s white shirt material. Even with the lack of color and texture, his first collection was a global success. It was named Bettina Graziani, after the top model of the time.

Written by London Couture of
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