I woke up to sad news today – Givenchy’s official Instagram account announced the passing of its founder, Hubert de Givenchy at age 91. His legacy lives on with a 66-year old fashion house synonymous with luxury and tough kid coolness immortalised by sleek, black and white campaign imagery and the now iconic Rottweiler printed tee which I still see being ripped off even to this day although it is seasons past.
Which leads me to my next point about Givenchy’s true legacy: Classic and timeless designs. The brand, now more than six decades old since its inception in 1952 was acquired by the LVMH Groupin the late ‘80s and has seen multiple design heads, the latest being Claire Waight Keller – its first female Creative Director.
My first real introduction to the House of Givenchy was through the television screen as I watched Blake Edward’s 1961 romcom adaptation of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as a child. My eyes were glued to the screen as the opening credits rolled and Audrey Hepburn (his muse and lifelong friend) did the most graceful walk of shame in the history of staying up past sunrise. She looked exquisite in the sleeveless, floor-length gown of black Italian satin with a fitted bodice and a cut-out back, designed by the late couturier. It wasthe little black dress and made cinematic history to be enjoyed by generations. It is arguably the most famous and recognised LBD to this day.
RIP Hubert de Givenchy, heir apparent to Cristóbal Balenciaga who has gained immortality in this dress. ??? #givenchy #hubertdegivenchy #breakfastattiffanys #tiffanyandco #newyorknewyork #blackdress #hollygolightly #trumancapote #thisshitisgivenchy #fashyun #fashiondesign #historyoffashion #fashiondesigner #totallyimportantdesigner
Mr. Givenchy was a master at romance and elegance, and believed in celebrating the natural curves of a woman, instead of hiding them. “The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress”, as he so famously once said. Au revoir, Hubert de Givenchy, you will be missed.
Take a walk through memory lane with Givenchy’s most remembered designs.
Sad to hear of the passing of Hubert de Givenchy at the age of 91. Givenchy was one of the last designers from the golden age of the haute couture, having opened his couture house in 1952 at the age of 24. His name became synonymous with the glamour and sophistication of fashion icon and Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn for whom he designed wardrobe on and off the screen. The two collaborated on many beloved Hepburn films including Funny Face (1957) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and developed a close friendship that lasted until Hepburn’s death from cancer in 1993. #Givenchy #HubertdeGivenchy #AudreyHepburn #artofdress #fashionhistory