“Every artist has his muse: Audrey Hepburn made Hubert de Givenchy’s elegantly simple creations world famous.”
“What makes a dress a complete success: If you ask the fashion designer, Hubert de Givenchy, it is first of all the fabric, handled withthe utmost care. Without understanding a material’s particular nature, even the most imaginative design would be doomed to fail. And indeed, bringing a fabric to life, shaping it with respect and elegance, is the secret behind the perfection of Givenchy’s designs. …
“Lacking [start-up] funds, he designed his first collection in simple linen, raffia, cotton, and woven straw. And he remained faithful to his principle of working only with and never against the material. The result was his trademark: unpretentious elegance, perfectly executed.
“Givenchy was respected from the outset for his skill, but worldwide fame foundhim with Audrey Hepburn, whom he met in 1953 on th eset of the film Sabrina.
“Even he was soon afterwards to design for greats such as Jacueline Kennedy (whose legendary ensemble at John F. Kennedy’s funeral was by Givenchy)
and Grace Kelly, it was the fine-boned Hepburn who became his muse.
Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1963
“His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality.”
“Balenciaga once said the secret of elegance is elimination. I believe that. That’s why I love Hubert de Givenchy… They’re clothes without ornament, with everything stripped away.”
Vogue on Hubert de Givenchy
The fashions of handsome, aristocratic Hubert de Givenchy combined the traditions of haute couture creative, luxurious and perfectionist with a modern entrepreneurial sensibility. In a career spanning forty years he created the most glamorous of evening dresses, developed the influential ‘sack’ dress, pioneered the princess silhouette and fielded debonair daytime suits that have never gone out of fashion. He famously defined the sartorial image of Audrey Hepburn both on-screen and off creating the Sabrina neckline and the little black dress for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A history of chic caught by leading photographers and illustrators, Vogue on Givenchy reveals what the magazine called his ‘stardust touch’.
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