Legendary French couturier Hubert de Givenchy dies at 91

The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century.

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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.

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Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy is Oscars best dressed ever

Back in 1954 Audrey Hepburn wrote history dressed in lace.  Her Givenchy dress in 1954 is considered one of the most important celebrity red carpet moment of all time for good reason. Read more

Hubert de Givenchy’s empire of style

Hubert de Givenchy is a French fashion designer whose name is synonymous with Parisian chic. He’s dressed some of the most iconic and influential women of the 20th Century. Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and Wallis Simpson all loved his modest and ladylike designs. He and his most famous muse Audrey Hepburn had a 40 year friendship that was as legendary as the elegant evening gowns, feminine hats and tailored suits that were his trademark. Read more

Givenchy’s breathtaking and poetic tribute to America

It was the first time, Givenchy has left Paris Fashion Week to stage a show in New York and everyone was there to celebrate it. Read more

The icon/ Hubert De Givenchy hates vulgarity

She had taste and she was not vulgar, even wearing a shoe as a hat or a dress with a painted lobster, it was chic and the clothes were very wearable. Now that does not happen” said last week in Madrid the superstar of fashion’s Golden Age, Hubert de Givenchy reminiscing about Elsa Schiaparelli. The 87 year-old who is a loving testimony to the history of fashion didn’t mince words, describing present-day fashion as “vulgar.” Read more