Givenchy: Couturier To the Stars
By Boyd Davis
Born in Beauvais in 1924, Hubert de Givenchy was the original "enfant terrible" of Paris
His debut haute couture collection in 1952 consisted of separates, a classic design
today, but unheard of during the 1950s.
Givenchy emphasized the silhouette rather than embellishments in his designs.
The clothes appear simple and very easy to adapt, making his clothes more accessible.
In their apparent simpleness lie the real beauty of the design - the clothes accentuate the
woman, not the woman accentuating the clothes!
Givenchy is also the original couturier to the stars of Hollywood.
Audrey Hepburn worn Givenchy clothes
in almost all of her famous movies.
Her rise to stardom was paralleled by Givenchy's rise in the fashion
Givenchy celebrated his 40 years in fashion in 1992. Shortly after that, he retired.
The House of Givenchy is currently part of the LVMH stable of fashion houses.
John Galliano and Alexander McQueen were both head designers of the House of Givenchy during
After a very public quarrel with LVMH, Alexander McQueen left Givenchy and Julien Macdonald was chosen as head designer on February 2001.
Staying only 3 years, Julien Macdonald announced that he would be leaving Givenchy at the
end of the Fall 2004 season, a day after he presented his Haute Couture Spring 2004 collection
in January 2004.
Early 2004, London-based designer Ozwald Boateng was appointed Creative Director of Givenchy Homme, and
in July, during the Spring 2005 menswear season, he debuted on the Paris runways for Givenchy. This was the
first Givenchy Homme runway show ever.
On March 2005, Riccardo Tisci was appointed Creative Director of Givenchy haute couture and womenswear. He is
scheduled to debut during the Haute Couture Fall 2005 season in July 2005.
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