Hubert de Givenchy

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Who is Hubert de Givenchy?

  • Born in Beauvais, France
  • Born on February 27th, 1927
  • Worked with Lucien Lelong, Robert Piquet, and Elsa Schpiarelli
  • Opened his own design house in 1952

More about Givenchy

  • Early Designing Experience: In 1944, Hubert de Givenchy moved to Paris, where he studied art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Though he briefly considered a career in law, he decided to enter the world of fashion and, at the age of 17, began an apprenticeship with designer Jacques Fath. After his time with Fath, Givenchy worked for several famous French couture houses in the 1940s
  • Famous for his modern lady-like styles
  • He influenced the 1950s and 60s

Quick Facts

  • The two women most closely associated with Givenchy's fashion of the 50s and 60s are Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy.
  • Givenchy was the first designer to show a collection of women's "pret-a-porter" (ready-to-wear) clothes.
  • 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.