GIVENCHY

Born in 1927, Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy founded his namesake House in 1952. That same year, he presented a collection that would leave an indelible mark on fashion history: his separates elegant blouses and light skirts blending architectural lines and...
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Born in 1927, Hubert James Taffin de Givenchy founded his namesake House in 1952. That same year, he presented a collection that would leave an indelible mark on fashion history: his separates elegant blouses and light skirts blending architectural lines and simplicity met with enormous success in light of the more constricted looks of the day. The enfant terrible of Haute Couture was born. Spare lines, slender hips, slim silhouettes and swan-like necks won over actresses from around the world. In 1955, Hubert de Givenchy presented his first shirtdress; the evolution toward lantern shapes would become iconic. Audrey Hepburn, as the designers muse, accompanied him in inventing a style that would redefine standards of elegance. In 1969, the launch of the Givenchy Gentleman line became a reference in mens fashion. After a career spanning more than 40 years, and having become a part of the LVMH group in 1988, Hubert de Givenchy retired in 1995. He would be succeeded by some of fashions great creative talents, among them John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, Riccardo Tisci, and Clare Waight Keller. On March 10th 2018, Hubert de Givenchy passed away peacefully in Paris, aged 91.