• Bramsen Webster posted an update 3 years ago

    The first Givenchy store opened its doors in 1952, the brainchild of owner Hubert de Givenchy. In order to the origins of the event though however, it is necessary we take a step back a couple of years with time. Givenchy was born in 1927 in France. With the age 10, having shown a flair for fashion from an early on age, he attended our planet’s Fair in Paris. Leaving the Pavilion of Elegance and filled up with awe from the attractiveness of the gowns and models of the prominent Fashion Houses his decision becoming a designer was cemented.

    Following Allies liberation of France towards the end of World War II, Givenchy relocated to Paris. Among his first mentors was Jacques Fath, who in addition to Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain was viewed as one of the leading influences on the postwar fashion industry.

    His training continued within the expert guidance of Robert Piquet and Lucien Lelong. When in 1947, Elsa Schiaparelli appointed him to control her boutiques on Place Vendome, his entrance in to the arena of designer was secured.

    Indeed, 5 years later in 1952, Givenchy opened his very own Maison de Couture at No8, rue Alfred de Vigny, on the Monceau Plain and won instant acclaim with the launch of his initial collection.

    Meeting the famous Audrey Hepburn in 1953 was obviously a fateful event for Givenchy. Hepburn became both an ambassador for the Givenchy brand, plus a life time friend.

    Givenchy’s associations with masters of the profession continued. The influence of his friendship with Cristobal Balenciaga, for instance, is reflected in lots of from the Givenchy collections.

    In 1954, Givenchy had become the first designer to provide an amount of luxury women’s willing to wear clothing. Among his many contributions for the fashion world were the "Bag Dress", the "Enveloped Dress" and also the funnelled collar coat. His work was both audacious and elegant. Some of his most original designs were of printed textiles, inspired by Miro, Matisse and Christian Berard.

    Givenchy continued to diversify plus 1973 released the "Gentleman Givenchy" menswear line. Later Givenchy joined french luxury group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, as well as other prestigious names like Dior, Lv, Christian Lacroix and Celine.

    Following his retirement in 1995, Givenchy was succeeded by several acclaimed young designers namely: John Galliano (January 1996), Alexander McQueen (October 1996), Julien MacDonald (March 2001)and Riccardo Tisci (March 2005).

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