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After Schiaparelli's experience, Hubert de Givenchy creates his own maison de couture in 1952 in Paris, with the financial help of his brother in law, Louis Fontaine. If his style is chic and couture, he creates collections in a refined style, with raw cotton, beginning by "les séparables" allowing to alternate skirts and blouses. He is pioneer with his "skirt dress", "bag dress", " balloon coat". Success is immediate with a clientele of most elegant ladies of the planet. His garment bag keeps hidden the models ordered by one of those ladies, the blue Wallis bag is the famous one. Secret was also kept when Jacky Kennedy ask the designer to create her dress for her official visit in Paris to meet President de Gaulle. Great designers, great complicity, Balenciaga and Givenchy shared a same passion and same values. In 1969, the house launches Gentlemen Givenchy, and then expands to accessories creations. Before retiring, Hubert de Givenchy sells the company to LVMH. The house is still maintaining its creativity as a "Maison de Haute Couture" and member of the Comité Colbert.

Designer Artistic Director

Clare WAIGHT KELLER

After Hubert de Givenchy reign, talented designers will succeed him: John Galliano, Alexander Mcqueen, Julian Mc Donald, Riccardo Tisci, and Ozwald Boateng. From the early years of Givenchy's story, Audrey Hepburn is his muse, his ambassadress and the icone of his refined style.

Iconic Product
Invention

LA PETITE ROBE NOIRE | LA CAPE

The famous little black dress created in 1962 and celebrated by Audrey Hepburn in "breakfast at Tiffany's" | The cape is one of the iconic elements of Givenchy's dressing, created in 1971 and reborn with Riccardo Tisci's creations.
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