Hubert De Givenchy founded the homonymous maison in 1953, debuting in the Haute Couture with the collection called Separates, characterized by the concept of mix & match, with the possibility of mixing clothes to create different outfits. The collection is a resounding success in Paris: in the same year the meeting with his muse, Audrey Hepburn, marks a collaboration that will last over time. Givenchy designs clothes for most of Hepburn's films, often referred to as "the most elegant woman in the world", but also many other great women like Jackie 'O and princesses Grace and Carolina of Monaco choose to wear Givenchy . Hubert remains at the head of the fashion house until 1995, but to succeed him are some of the brightest creative minds in the fashion world: John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien MacDonald, Riccardo Tisci and Claire Waight Keller, currently in charge.
On 10 March 2018 Givenchy died at his home in Paris at the age of 91. The latest success of the brand is represented by the wedding dress worn during the royal wedding by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
The focus on the woman's body is a key feature of Givenchy's design. The maison is responsible for the creation of one of the most celebrated dresses in the fashion world, the timeless classic par excellence, the little black dress, worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany. The elegance of the brand has been maintained over time and in the heritage of Givenchy, undergoing contemporary influences that it offers in the new collections, with street details, asymmetrical cuts and flowing lines.
Givenchy dresses a relaxed and confident woman, who chooses clothes and accessories that can enhance her figure. Claire Waight Keller's collections show a unisex characteristic with which she expresses a beauty without sex, mysterious, powerful and inclusive, that puts men and women on the same level.
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