Hubert de Givenchy is the original couturier to the stars of Hollywood, and a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture et du Pret-a-Porter.
Audrey Hepburn wore Givenchy clothes in almost all of her famous movies. Her rise to stardom was paralleled by the rise of Givenchy in the fashion world.
Hubert de Givenchy founded his brand in 1952, providing the chicest cuts and tailoring for a high profile clientele that included Jackie Kennedy, and the Grimaldi and the Guinness families. In 1992, following his 40th year in fashion, Hubert de Givenchy retired shortly after.
Upon graduating from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Hubert de Givenchy opened the House of Givenchy in 1952. Givenchy received guidance from Balenciaga, and named his first collection for Bettina Graziani, who at that time was Paris' preeminent model.
A chance meeting between Givenchy and young ingénue Audrey Hepburn catapulted Givenchy to the world centre stage. Legend has it that it was actually Katherine Hepburn that the designer invited in to be measured, but it was Audrey who arrived. This case of mistaken identity led to Audrey becoming Givenchy's most famous patron, and she wore his classic and ladylike designs in many of her films, including Breakfast at Tiffany's.
The fusion of French chic and American playfulness became known as 'Givenchy Style', and much of Hollywood's elite adopted Givenchy as their principle atelier during this time.
The move into the fragrance world was a natural step for Givenchy, and his premier scent L'Interdit was created as a present for his muse Audrey. Since then, the House of Givenchy has released modern fragrance classics including Organza, Very Irresistible, Pi and Gentleman, and newer scents Ange Ou Demon and Play.
The Givenchy haute couture collection is an ideal antecedent to the high fashion colours and innovative textures of its makeup and skincare ranges. With limited edition products and seasonal collections added every year, the range continues to delight.
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