• Solange McKenzie

Givenchy: The beginning of an Era

Updated: Jul 31



High-Fashion house Givenchy was founded by Hubert de Givenchy in 1954 in Paris, France. The brand was well know for creating haute couture pieces that exude elegance. Fun Fact: Givenchy was also the first fashion house to produce a ready to wear line. Givenchy, along with Cristóbal Balenciaga, is most notable for being one of the first brands to popularize the sack dress silhouette. The sack dress revolutionized they way we see womenswear silhouettes today. Hubert de Givenchy had a close relationship with Balenciaga, as he was a teacher and trusted mentor to Givenchy. Many of Givenchy's decisions came at the advice of Balenciaga, which helped to make Givenchy the major fashion house it is today.



Additonally, Audrey Hepburn was one of the first celebrities to work heavily with Givenchy. The house designed wardrobe for many of her movies like, "Funny Face" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to name a few. The house also designed for First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy Onasis, Princess Grace of Monaco and even Megan Markle, Dutchess of Sussex.



In 1988, Givenchy sold the brand to LVMH. Givenchy continued to design for a few more years. Once Givenchy retired, designers John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, Clare Waight Keller took over as Creative Directors. Givenchy's current Creative Director is Matthew Williams .


- Solange McKenzie

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