Hubert de Givenchy created his Couture House in 1952 at age 24, after learning his craft alongside the greatest names in fashion at the time - Jacques Fath, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiaparelli had all taken him under their wings, thanks to Christian Dior’s recommendation. Himself. Givenchy sought to create silhouettes which enhanced the lines and the curves of women’s bodies. An admirer of Cristóbal Balenciaga, he loved clean cuts, and the à la française sense of refinement which Audrey Hepburn embodied so well. His first collections earned him the title of « fashion’s enfant terrible » by the press. In 1955, he designed the dress which Hepburn wore in Sabrina. Edith Head, the film’s costume supervisor, won an Academy Award for best costume design, that year. In the early 60s, he imagined the little black dress seen in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on… Hepburn, again. The garment would leave its mark on fashion and cinema - forever. When in Paris for a State Visit and set to meet the Général de Gaulle, Jackie Kennedy’s wardrobe was put together by Hubert de Givenchy, who also created the grieving, restrained and elegant dress she wore to attend John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s funeral, in 1963.
During the 90s, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen were successively appointed artistic directors for the House.
From 2005 to 2017, Riccardo Tisci took over, carrying on Givenchy’s heritage on the street, and on every red carpet. In early February, the 42-year old designer announced his departure from the brand. Clare Waight Keller, Chloé’s former artistic director, replaced him in May.