Hubert de Givenchy on the golden age of haute couture and his Giacomettis

Hubert de Givenchy on the golden age of haute couture and his Giacomettis

“Givenchy is a survivor of the golden age of haute couture” writes Financial Times’ Nick Foulkes in his exclusive interview with the iconic designer and art collector Hubert de Givenchy.

“He clothed the most beautiful women of an elegant time: Gloria Guinness, Babe Paley, Daisy Fellowes and Mona von Bismarck among them. Nicknamed the Tarzan of fashion because of his towering frame, he worked for Jacques Fath, Lucien Lelong and Schiaparelli, before founding his couture house in 1952, aged just 25. A couple of years later, the newspaper L’Express told its readers that he was to haute couture what Françoise Sagan was to literature and Bernard Buffet to painting: successful, glamorous, gorgeous and very, very French” adds the renowned journalist of the man who defined an era –and his muse Audrey Hepburn.

Per Financial Times Givenchy “travelled the world surrounded by beautiful women, promoting an empire of fashion, fragrances and accessories – and by the time he sold his business to LVMH, he was richer and more famous than those who had been his customers”.

Now the enfant terrible of postwar Paris fashion “is a snowy-haired patrician: a reminder of a time when these were the names of living, breathing, creative individuals – artists in crepe, chenille, cashmere, organza and faille – rather than the highly successful corporations they have become”. 

Hubert de Givenchy honoured Hepburn in an exhibition and now the iconic fashion designer wants to honour the oeuvre and memory of a departed friend, Diego Giacometti.

Christie’s offers 21 works by Diego Giacometti from the collection of iconic fashion designer Givenchy at a dedicated sale in Paris on March 6, 2017. The sale is expected to raise roughly €6 million to €8 million.

“I feel I have to do it” says Givenchy on his farewell to his unparalleled collection of Giacomettis . “After all, if I do not do it, someone else will” he adds.

Read the rest of Foulkes’ interview here

Cover photo via Instagram/ @joeruggiero_collection