The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by designer Hubert de Givenchy. Modern yet lady-like designs set a new tone in couture, one that is still a much observed and revered example today.
Hubert de Givenchy gained enviable experience with some of the great couturiers. He was working under Jacques Fath by the time he was 18 years of age. He then took turns with Justin Piquet, Lucien Lelong and Elsa Schiapperelli before opening his own house. Givenchy pre-empted a more relaxed attitude to luxury that was to become apparent in fashion by the end of the century. Givenchy’s ‘separates’ spearheaded this new sensibility. Two piece ensembles crafted from raw cotton, traditionally reserved for fittings were crafted into billowing skirts and blouses. Two years after opening its doors, Givenchy became the first of the major design houses to create a ready to wear line.
One of the most famous champions of Givenchy's work was actress Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn went to Givenchy for costume for the film Sabrina in which she starred alongside Humphrey Bogart. In 1955, the work garnered an Oscar for Givenchy. Hepburn and her favourite designer created fashion and film history cutting iconic images in Givenchy black in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. The definitive ‘Little Black Dress’ was immortalised in this classic film. This simple but oh so effective black silk satin gown was to become a blueprint for one of our fashion staples. Hepburn's unforgettable performance and personalisation of the piece presented a new relaxed attitude to fashion and the wearing of couture as forseen by Givenchy . Teamed with big black oversized sunnies, this remains the very epitome of chic.
The Kennedys were also Givenchy fans. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was dressed by the couturier for her husband John F. Kennedy’s funeral. Marlene Dietrich, Babe Paley, Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Grace of Monaco and Wallis Simpson were also all clients.
Japanese designer Issey Miyake was a star designer in the making working under Givenchy in the late sixties. He too was to become a major force in fashion.
Givenchy himself retired in 1995. The charge of creative direction for this prestigious house has been passed between some of the most talented designers of our generation. From John Galliano to Alexander McQueen to Julian McDonald to Ozwlad Boatang and Riccardo Tisci. With the Italian designer Tisci’s refined yet edgy work today, Givenchy is where it should be; at the cutting edge.
The house of Givenchy continues its tradition of pushing the boundaries. Famous photographic model Bettina, challenged the status quo and took to the stage for Givenchy for the first time in 1952. Recently, Givenchy used the first transsexual model to be included in a fashion advertising campaign in its 2010 imagery.
Classic styles such as oversized, aviator and smaller rectangular styles are interpreted with certain sophistication and finished with smart detailing and discreet branding. From this superb range one can choose from more minimal frames or real statement frames that lay down the style gauntlet. Contemporary and chic, the Givenchy sunglasses collection is the perfect interpretation of this legendary design house.
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